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Why join us?
Today in the United States, only 8% of students growing up in low-income communities graduate from college by the time they're 24, compared to 80% of students from high-income communities. The consequences of these disparities for the 15 million children growing up in poverty are severe - but you have the power to change this.
Teach For America enlists a diverse corps of leaders who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong advocates in the effort to expand educational opportunity through a variety of careers in or outside of the field of education. Our corps members use their numerous skills and experiences from their varied work, leadership, and academic backgrounds to effect change in their classroom and help break the cycle of inequity that prevents students from fulfilling their potential.
Two year commitment. Full salary and benefits. All professional backgrounds encouraged to apply. Sign up on Teach For America's website to learn more about our program and the application timeline and process. The final application deadline for the 2013 corps is Friday, February 15th.
What you will do:Attend a rigorous pre-service summer training program designed to build upon and translate your business skills into your role as a teacher and leaderSet an ambitious vision for your students' academic success, plan purposely, and work relentlessly alongside colleagues and others committed to improving school outcomesAddress educational inequity in your classroom by developing and implementing rigorous curriculum, using data-driven methods to improve instructional & classroom management practicesEngage in ongoing professional development in teaching and educational leadership, while earning an alternative teacher certificationContinue to advocate for increased opportunities for students in low-income communities beyond the two-year commitment, regardless of career path, and with Teach For America's continued support
What are the benefits?Opportunity to develop deep, authentic understanding of classroom-based, school-level, and systemic challenges and solutions in public education todayIntensive training, ongoing support, and career development, including development of innovative thinking, leadership, communication, management, and problem solving skillsAccess to a community of 28,000 alumni leaders and partnership organizations intent on maximizing your personal impactFull salary, comprehensive health insurance, and retirement benefits from your school districtAmeriCorps education award of up to $11,100, loan forbearance and paid interest for two years on qualified student loansEligibility for $1,000 - $6,000 of no-interest loans or grants for relocation and transition expenses, as well as exclusive scholarship and benefits from grad schools and employers
Where and what you will teach:Corps members teach across all subjects and grade levels (pre-K through 12)Corps members teach in 46 urban and rural regions across the country. We work to meet your location and subject preferences while balancing school districts' needs and considering district and state requirements. Visit our website to view a map of our placement regions.
Is this you?A deep belief in the potential of all kids and a commitment to do whatever it takes to expand opportunities for studentsDemonstrated past achievement, leadership ability and superior interpersonal skills to motivate others
* Ability to leverage data and analysis to maximize school outcomesSuperior organizational ability, including managing responsibilities in challenging/changing environmentsRespect for individuals' diverse experiences and the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of backgroundsNo education coursework or certification required: candidates of all professional backgrounds, academic majors, and career interests encouraged to apply