In 2010, thousands of people in San Antonio gathered around tables to discuss and determine the city’s top priorities and create a vision for what the San Antonio of 2020 could become. Together, our community identified 11 “cause areas” and created the SA2020 vision. The area that rose to the top over and over again was education.
In the same year the community created SA2020, Teach For America San Antonio launched. Over the last eight years, Teach For America has been a partner in advancing education in three key ways.
1. Accomplishing extraordinary results on alumni- and corps member-led campuses: KIPP U-Prep, led by alumni Abigail Morton Garland, is the only campus in central Texas providing an International Baccalaureate program for all students. The Advanced Learning Academy is an unprecedented public-private partnership with a dramatically altered approach to student leadership. KIPP Poder, in it’s third year, has a leadership staff filled with alumni and is one of the top performing middle schools in the KIPP Texas Network. And finally IDEA campuses at Monterey Park, South Flores, and Carver each have a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Additionally, San Antonio corps members and alumni are consistently recognized among the top performing educators within the district.
2. Providing bold leadership and driving critical reforms: Without question, a key driver of many education initiatives changing the status quo and galvanizing the city toward change has been the bold leadership of Teach For America corps members and alumni. You can find TFA fingerprints across all critical reform efforts in the city including: DoSeum, PK4SA, KIPP, IDEA, Leadership SAISD, SA Rise, Relay, The Holdsworth Center, and many more.
3. Providing thought leadership focused on equity: One of our proudest contributions has been reframing city discourse on the roots of educational inequity. We have seen our community’s dialogue turn away from a narrative that scapegoats parents and communities, and instead it seeks to understand and identify systemic racism as the root cause of educational inequity. Our partnerships with top experts in the field have fueled how we train corps members, positioning them to make the biggest impact in the classroom. Additionally, we have been able to lift the messages of our experts to decision-makers in the community. These efforts have shaped the turnaround efforts of the SAISD Superintendent and shaped the way the city of San Antonio allocates funds.
Corps Members and Alumni
School System Leaders