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Daniel Katz to His Students: Don’t Teach for America

Daniel Katz teaches secondary education at Seton Hall University in Néw Jersey. In this post, he warns his students not to join Teach for America and …

Calling Out Teach for America's Myths

Teach For America (TFA) turns 25 this year and, for at least the first 23 of those years, the organization was able to mark each year as a success as the organization grew in numbers, financial support, political clout, and wild public support. However, those years are slowly drawing to a …

‘Good Intentions Gone Bad’ — excerpt from new book about Teach For America

A new book about the 25-year-old Teach For America tells the story of the controversial organization through the eyes of alumni who share their experiences and insight about working in TFA.<p>TFA was founded by Wendy Kopp based on her 1989 Princeton University experience — and it has become a powerful …

Teach For America Corps Numbers Decline Again Amid Criticism, Recession Rebound

Participation in Teach for America, a nationwide program that recruits recent college graduates for short teaching stints in urban schools, has …

Teach For America Sees Another Big Drop In Accepted Corps Members

Fewer young people are looking to join the organization's ranks.<p>Teach For America, the controversial education nonprofit that places recent college graduates as teachers in disadvantaged classrooms, saw a decline in its number of accepted corps members after previously seeing a drop in applications …

Teach for America Deletes Educator Counter-Narratives; Educators Repost EVERY SINGLE ONE!

On Sept. 23, Teach for America (TFA) published an article on its Website about the “Badass Women of Teach for America.”<p>Many of the more than 56,000 …

Middle School

2 Teach For America Alums Say TFA Has Big Problems When It Comes To Race

<i>Update on October 29, 2015 at 2pm EST: Teach for America reached out to Code Switch with comments on this post. We've updated this post with portions of their response that directly address criticisms raised below, and more broadly illuminate TFA's path forward.</i><p>Teach for America gets young people …

Education

Teach For America Accused of Sending Idealistic Young White People Into School Districts They Don’t Understand

A NPR report claims that Teach For America (TFA,) the organization that encourages young people to sign up to be educators in low-income, minority …

Idealism

Teach for America’s biggest problem isn’t green teachers or failing schools. It’s that it can’t take criticism.

If you’ve taught your way through Teach For America like I have, you know that feedback is part of the job. Not only do new teachers receive critiques from principals, fellow educators and students, they’re also deluged with weekly and monthly reports on their success from the organization …

Education

The Problem With Teach For America's 'Work Hard, Get Smart' Mantra

Teach For America's mantra, 'Work Hard, Get Smart', offers an enticing theory of education reform--but does it work?<p>Twenty-six corps members from the 2011 and 2012 TFA Greater Philadelphia corps opted into my study. As this is a relatively small, self-selected sample, this study is not intended to …

Rapid response unit aims to counter criticisms of Teach for America

<b>Correction:</b> An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Matt Kramer, a former co-chief executive of TFA, serves on the board of NYCAN’s parent organization, 50CAN. He is a former board member. The story has been updated.<p>A nonprofit group has begun a public relations campaign to defend …

Petition wants LAUSD to rescind TFA special education contract

A group of anti-charter school activists is circulating an online petition that calls for LA Unified to rescind a contract with Teach for America …

Leaving educators out of the conversation on path for NC schools

President Obama recently signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bill that reverses much of the No Child Left behind law implemented by the Bush …

Education

Advice for My Students: DON'T "Teach For America"

As fall semester slides into the holidays, most of my senior students turn their attention to full time student teaching. They also begin to think very seriously about how to enter the job market for new teachers beginning their careers in the Fall. It can be a harrowing time. In addition to being …

I Quit Teach for America

Five weeks of training was not enough to prepare me for a room of 20 unruly elementary-schoolers.<p><i>I am sitting in a comfortable gold folding chair inside one of the many ballrooms at the Georgia International Convention Center. The atmosphere is festive, with a three-course dinner being served and</i> …

Right to Life

Another terrorist on the loose, another mass shooting. Seemingly another religious extremist who thinks he knows what God wants done, and picks up a gun to do it. Only this time, it's an American and the religious extremist is most likely a right-wing Christian. And the shooter had help. He had …

This Could Be The Perfect Math App For Young Learners

If you walk into almost any elementary/primary school mathematics classroom, you should find kids using “Manipulatives.” These are physical objects—like Base 10 Blocks, Cuisenaire Rods, or Tangrams—that allow kids to explore math concepts in physical, three dimensional ways. Now, <i>DragonBox Numbers,</i> …

The Impending Teacher Shortage

By the year 2020 there will be a serious teacher shortage, especially in the more demanding subject areas of mathematics and science. Fortunately, there is time to take the necessary steps to turn this shortage into a meaningful education reform that will improve the quality of and broaden the …

Grades Do More Harm Than Good

Before you click onto the next article in disgust or disbelief, please give me a chance to explain. For decades, grades have been the primary form of communicating and reflecting student mastery. A myth that has taken hold, but ironically no one thinks grades are able to communicate learning with …

8 Incredible online museums for kids to explore

Fraboom<p>Fraboom is educational website organized to be an interactive museum. Students can learn about the mouth or bugs which are currently Fraboom's …

'Chop and change politics creating chaos in schools'

Confidence in school assessment is waning and the education of the next generation is undermined as a result, writes Lucy Powell<p>In his tenure in education, Michael Gove, the current Justice Secretary, was famous for the U-turn. Many of us will remember with relief his screeching about-turn on his …

What It Means To Be A Reflective Teacher

<b>What It Means To Be A Reflective Teacher</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Reflection is a fundamental tenet of learning; it is also, therefore, a fundamental part of …

What Bill Gates Doesn't Understand About Education

<i>Editor's note: A long-time educator and advocate for curriculum reform, Marion Brady brings deep historial context to his evaluation of our current</i> …

Education

The Clown Car World of Republican Education Policy

I tried to get through all six of the candidate interviews at Campbell's Brown's little union-bashing festival, but I honestly couldn't take any more …

365 Creative Writing Prompts

If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. Writing prompts are useful because we know …

Enough with the teacher bashing. It's not helping students or anyone else

"Look at you. You're so tan! Sometimes I wish I were a teacher so I could get summers off, too," a friend says to me at an Independence Day barbecue. I decide not to mention that the only reason I have a tan is because I sit outside on my patio while writing – a second job I need during the summers …

Will liberals stand up to “corporate school reform”?

For too long, they’ve assumed that schools can be “fixed” without tackling social and economic inequality<p>An eloquent call to “reclaim the conversation” challenges leading liberal educators to repudiate their involvement in what’s being called “corporate school reform.” We finally see liberal …

Carol Dweck, Stanford University Professor, On Why Telling Your Children They're Smart Is Actually Bad For Them (VIDEO)

HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin used to tell his niece -- as any doting uncle is inclined to do -- how smart she was. According to Carol Dweck, that's one of the worst things we can say to our children, and the consequences may extend far beyond the field of child raising. It could even be …

Maybe U.S. public schools don't stink

The drumbeat is hard to miss: Our schools are failing. Public education is in crisis. Our students are falling further and further behind.<p>The rhetoric comes from the left and right, from educators and politicians and lobbyists and CEOs and even Education Secretary Arne Duncan. The deep dysfunction …

America's dumbest idea: creating a multiple-choice test generation

A few years ago, I met with my former high school social studies teacher to catch up over drinks. "Miss F" was one of my favorite teachers and we hadn't seen each other in about 12 years. As we reminisced about our field trips, my other classmates, and my hilariously unfortunate fashion choices, …