Voices From Our Network

Stories and inspiration from TFA educators supporting their communities during school closures 

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COVID-19: A Period of Learning and Reflecting for Educators

Winners and finalists of TFA's Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award share advice on showing up for students amid the coronavirus school closures. Read more

A ‘Hope Dealer’ and Her Kids Face Online School Together

A teacher and mom of three says her family will ‘power through with grace,’ despite the challenges of life during the pandemic. Read more

COVID-19: Community Voices

Students and parents open up about life and learning while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

A Message From Our CEO

This is an unprecedented moment. Students, parents, and teachers are navigating an incredibly challenging and disruptive time without a clear endpoint. Right now, I am especially thinking about our students in low-income communities who depend on schools for so much. Across the United States, more than 124,000 schools serving 55 million students are facing closures in response to COVID-19. Students not only face the significant loss of learning time, their families are also dealing with a lack of child care and healthcare, financial insecurity, and employment uncertainties.


In this moment, as always, Teach For America will work for excellence and equity to ensure all children can learn, lead, and thrive. Our corps members work in more than 2,400 schools in 350 communities across the country. We are working around the clock to support our corps members and to help them support their students' transition to online learning.

Our network of over 60,000 alumni and corps members is laser-focused on meeting urgent needs across our country. Last week, Teach For America launched a virtual space on Slack for our network to connect and collaborate on solutions. In a matter of days, nearly 2,000 alumni and corps members have joined together to share resources and discuss solutions for challenges facing their communities. Through all of this, we will continue to be present to the needs of our students and families who will be profoundly impacted.


I am drawing inspiration right now from how we are coming together in different and powerful ways. Corps members are learning new ways to teach and reach their students. Alumni—working in schools, health care, community leadership, and more—are already identifying needs and resources for kids. From the first-year corps member in Cleveland leading a space to share online resources to teach 11th-grade English, to the alumni nonprofit leader closing the technology gap and distributing computers to students in Houston, our network is charging forward, meeting this moment.


I am thinking of our community in this challenging time and am hoping all of us can stay healthy and safe. Our work is more important than ever, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of Teach For America. We will get through this unprecedented challenge the same way we do so much of this work: together.


Onward,

Elisa Villanueva Beard


Stories From Our Network

A teacher in Eastern Kentucky shares his experience transitioning to remote teaching in a school district where 30 percent of students lack high-speed internet access

April 7, 2020

As the pandemic intensifies inequities in education and across our already fragile safety nets, social entrepreneurs and nonprofits are feeling the urgency to find solutions.

April 6, 2020

Colin Seale (D.C. Region ‘04) poses two big questions for school leaders around equity and distance learning

March 17, 2020

Six student leaders share how they’re shifting their focus during the coronavirus quarantine

April 22, 2020

Meet some of the Teach For America alumni who are modeling outcomes, treating patients, and protecting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 8, 2020

Conor Williams (New York ‘05) shares what’s at stake if schools miss out on testing this year

March 20, 2020

While schools remain closed due to COVID-19, teachers are finding innovative ways to adapt the traditional classroom to a new environment.

May 4, 2020

Incoming corps member Hannah Yi, together with fellow students at Indiana University launched a program to offer virtual tutoring sessions to K-12 students.

March 30, 2020

Forget downtime: High school senior Aaliyah is working part-time during the pandemic while applying for scholarships and crafting her graduation speech.

So Many Missed Milestones for High School Seniors

May 1, 2020

Daniel Garrison (Dallas-Fort Worth ‘10) and his robotics and engineering class at Woodrow Wilson High School are using 3D printer to make medical masks.

April 3, 2020

Sara Watson (Houston '15) is launched a program to support local restaurants and deliver food to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

April 1, 2020

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