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30+ days ago

Managing Director, Development

Teach For America Denver, CO +2 locations

Teach For America-Colorado seeks a Managing Director of Development to join our incredible team! We are a fun and passionate group of diverse people… Ivy Exec

30 days ago

Vice President, Constituent Communications, Public Affairs and Engagement

Teach For America Na-dong

The Role Teach For America seeks a vice president of constituent communications to lead innovation within the important function of staff… Ivy Exec

30+ days ago

Managing Director, Experience & Design

Teach For America DC- Washington, WA +2 locations

The RoleWe are seeking a Managing Director of Experience Design who will lead all fundraising learning and development efforts on the Growth… Ivy Exec

10 days ago

Managing Director, Regional Communications , Public Affairs and Engagement

Teach For America Na-dong +2 locations

The Role As a managing director of regional communications, you will partner with a portfolio of six to eight regions to create and execute our local… Ivy Exec

30+ days ago

Senior Managing Director, Public Impact

Teach For America New Haven, CT

The RoleWe believe that achieving the vision of Teach For America will require a broader movement for change.Teach For America develops leaders to… Ivy Exec

30+ days ago

Managing Director, District and School Partnerships

Teach For America Boston, MA

The RoleTeach For America Massachusetts seeks a driven, focused individual to serve as our Managing Director of District School Partnerships (MDDSP… Ivy Exec

30 days ago

Managing Director, Growth Strategy and Development

Teach For America Jackson, MS +2 locations

The Managing Director (MD), Growth Strategy Development is responsible for ensuring that Teach For America sustainably and strategically builds… Ivy Exec

30 days ago

Director, Business Objects Development

Teach For America New York, NY +2 locations

Sr. Business Intelligence Developer to: enhance streamline reporting req ts; guide developers communicate w/ technology development teams, inc… Ivy Exec

30 days ago

Managing Director, Individual Giving

Teach For America Houston, TX

The Managing Director of Individual Giving (MDIG) will lead our individual giving campaign as a senior member of the Houston region s Development… Ivy Exec

30+ days ago

Managing Director, Payroll Operations

Teach For America New York, NY

Directly manage a team of 3 including providing leadership on operational effectiveness and all performance management, career development and… Ivy Exec

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    Good for the individual TFA teacher, bad for public education in America

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    There are a significant amount of positives:
    1) You meet a lot of great people who genuinely care about improving education.
    2) You learn a lot about yourself as an individual and as a professional. After the experience, you will be one of the best long-term planners and public speakers that you have ever met. That's not an exaggeration.
    3) A lot of opportunity for upward mobility in the organization if that is what you are looking for
    4) Very prestigious and it looks great on a resume, especially if you are looking to get into grad school.


    1) Very little support from the TFA structure, you are essentially on your own once you get hired by a school. Sink or swim.
    2) Work/ Balance is extremely hard in year 1. It gets easier in year 2, but it is certainly never ideal. Don't be surprised if you find yourself putting in 80 hour weeks in year 1. If you get good at planning and organization, you can get that down to about 65 in year 2.
    3) You become part of the privatization of public education in America without even realizing it. TFA largely prefers the charter school model over the traditional model and supplies charters with the bodies they need. Though they don't admit this, this is how it works in practice. Furthermore, they help to replace more experienced, and more expensive career teachers with younger, cheaper and less experienced college graduates. This helps to dismantle teacher unions as the more experienced and longer term people are pushed out of the school systems that face budget constraints. In the long run, it's usually harmful to the students, even if there test scores rise during the two year commitment that a TFA teacher puts in (they usually rise in math, not reading). If you don't actively acknowledge these inconvenient truths, you wind up harming the education system without even realizing it. By at least acknowledging it, you can blunt the negative effect that the institution has on the larger system of public education in America.

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    More support for teachers in the classroom, MTLD visits should be a weekly occurrence at the least. In the long run, the commitment should be extended to 3 years at the very least. This is beneficial to students for obvious reasons. Additionally, TFA teachers should only be helping hands and shadows for more experienced teachers in year 1. In year 2, the more experienced teachers should be able to decide whether they want the TFA teacher to play a more active. This will make TFA much more accessible and friendly to the community, build stronger TFA teachers, and help school districts that need it the most.

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