Teach For America - Alabama

Teach For America - Alabama Teach For America - Alabama currently has over 40 teachers who reach more than 4,000 students in 5 school districts across Alabama each day.
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Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Since 1991, Teach For America has impacted the lives of over students in the United States. In 2010, we began our work in Alabama, providing a talent pipeline in the education sector and an educational movement we will continue to grow in the coming years.

Mission: Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.

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⏱ There's still time to register for "The Classroom and Beyond: Teach For America Alumni Pathways" , tonight at 5:30 CST...
01/19/2021

⏱ There's still time to register for "The Classroom and Beyond: Teach For America Alumni Pathways" , tonight at 5:30 CST! Join Teach For America alums leading in the Birmingham Education Foundation, CAP & GOWN Project, and Breakthrough Birmingham for insight into building a career with impact and networking opportunities. Register at: bit.ly/ALalumpaths

Every year, AmeriCorps members across the country observe MLK day by making it a day of service. As a partnership progra...
01/18/2021

Every year, AmeriCorps members across the country observe MLK day by making it a day of service. As a partnership program with AmeriCorps, Teach for America Corps Members do the same by serving their communities in a capacity outside of their normal service commitment.

TFA Alabama Corps Members this year are connecting with Equal Justice Initiative's calendar of racial justice. The calendar outlines historic events that shaped the history of racial tension in America for each day of the year. Our Corps Members are selecting an event that stands out to them and reflecting on how it altered the future of race relations and considering how they might share these lessons in their classrooms or personal lives. By reflecting on the events of the past and discussing how the events can still be felt today, CMs are better positioned to serve their students and their communities.

You can access the calendar by visiting EJI's website at https://calendar.eji.org/ .

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Today’s spotlight shines on Elizabeth Mojica (Alabama  ’19), a current Spanish teacher who works with the Spanish Club a...
01/17/2021

Today’s spotlight shines on Elizabeth Mojica (Alabama ’19), a current Spanish teacher who works with the Spanish Club at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, AL. As a former student of a TFA teacher in Huntsville, AL, Elizabeth provided some insight into how TFA has shaped her journey.

ON HOW A TFA TEACHER INSPIRED HER JOURNEY: I was fortunate enough to have several TFA teachers but Mr. [John] Scianimanico, my AP Stats teacher was without a doubt the most impactful. The most incredible thing is that I don’t think he’ll ever really understand how impactful he was. He encouraged us, challenged us, and gave us incredible opportunities. He didn’t simply tell us we were capable of great things -- he made us do great things. I plan to offer the same for my students.

ON HOW SHE IS LEVERAGING HER TFA-INSPIRED EXPERIENCES TO IMPACT STUDENTS: TFA has offered me so many incredible experiences both as a student and as an educator. One of the best is the Cap & Gown Project (@capandgownproject) that, back in 2015, helped my ACT score go up enough for me to receive a full-ride through college. This summer, seven of my students were able to participate in that same program.

ON WHAT THE TFA BAMALY MEANS TO HER: Bamaly is family — the TFA Alabama Family. To me, it means unconditional support. The Bamaly isn’t just a close knit group I have -- it’s every single corps member that has been and will be in Alabama. I know they’ll always be there to support me and I'm excited to be in a position where I can contribute more because they’ve done so much for me.

ON WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A SECOND GENERATION TFA TEACHER: I didn’t really see myself as a TFA teacher until after high school, when I really understood what it was. There are a few that come to mind and I see being exceptional educators. I think having those students in TFA would be absolutely amazing, especially since I was a former TFA student. They’d be 3rd Generation TFA!

We’re thankful to have Elizabeth working hard to get us all to One Day.

Read the full profile at bit.ly/tfaALalumni

As we continue to celebrate a decade’s worth of Corps Members, today we turn our attention to the 2016 Corps! This small...
01/15/2021

As we continue to celebrate a decade’s worth of Corps Members, today we turn our attention to the 2016 Corps! This small but mighty group of change-makers is especially known for continuing their mission inside of the classroom long after their service with TFA ended.

It's hard to believe that many of these fine folks are in the middle of their fifth year in the classroom. In that short span of time, some have looped with their students and solidified their experience across two grades; become reading coaches; created opportunities for entire grade levels; and been recognized as Teacher of the Year at the school level. We are thrilled to have you teaching and leading in so many communities, and are excited to celebrate you and the many lives you touch daily.

Some of these amazing alumni have decided to use their classroom experiences to inform their next phase in life - whether it's as a lawyer or in school leadership or roles that have been envisioned but not yet attempted. Alabama is better for the broader perspectives they bring to their work!

Edgewood Elementary School in Selma needs Reading & Math tutors for their Busy Bees scholars! They want to ensure that a...
01/14/2021

Edgewood Elementary School in Selma needs Reading & Math tutors for their Busy Bees scholars! They want to ensure that all of their students are receiving the additional support they need to be successful regardless of the challenges this school year brings!
Sign up here: https://bit.ly/EdgewoodTutor

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You've seen us highlight the work some of our amazing alumni are doing, and if you're a college student or young profess...
01/11/2021

You've seen us highlight the work some of our amazing alumni are doing, and if you're a college student or young professional considering a career like theirs, you may be wondering where to start. We're hosting an upcoming alumni panel and networking session for young leaders passionate about equity and education to hear from alumni leading local non-profits and build professional networks!

Join us Tuesday January 19th from 5:30-6:30 CST for "The Classroom and Beyond: Teach For America Alumni Pathways" featuring Mimi J. Michel from Breakthrough Birmingham, J.W. Carpenter from the Birmingham Education Foundation, and Emily Heller from the CAP & GOWN Project.

Open to current college students and recent graduates. Register at: bit.ly/ALalumpaths

Today’s spotlight shines on Whitney Dyer (Alabama  ’11), a former seventh grade science teacher for Birmingham City Scho...
01/09/2021

Today’s spotlight shines on Whitney Dyer (Alabama ’11), a former seventh grade science teacher for Birmingham City Schools. Whitney currently serves her community as a deputy district attorney for the Birmingham division of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. She provided some insight into how TFA shaped her perspectives in serving her community.

ON WHAT BROUGHT HER TO TFA: One of my favorite movies growing up was Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman as Principal Joe Clark who turns around the troubled Eastside High. I can remember thinking, that’s the kind of person I want to be when I grow up, I want to help people [that way]. Fast forward to adulthood, I was finishing up a master’s degree in education at UAB when I heard about TFA. I knew it would be an opportunity to both pursue a childhood goal, and make a positive impact in real life. As a new teacher, I was pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming support I received.

ON HOW TFA SHAPED HER LIFE: TFA...taught me the importance of planning towards goals. For the first time, I learned the difference between simply wanting to make a difference, and seeing authentic measurable progress. I enjoyed my time in the classroom but during my second year I felt called to address systemic issues in a new way. I decided to apply to law school and graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 2016. Now, as a prosecutor, I am able to serve my community by bringing my experiences to the table while addressing the same systemic issues I saw while teaching.

HER MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: One day, I asked my students to share what they would do if they had a million dollars. One student shared that she would purchase the Gate City Projects so all of her family could live near one another, and then go on a shopping spree at the grocery store. My student’s response to this Do Now activity humbled me in a way that still affects my interactions to this day.

We’re thankful to have Whitney working hard to get us all to One Day.

Read the full profile at bit.ly/tfaALalumni.

Avondale Elementary in Birmingham is in need of Tutors to give some extra support to their amazing 5th graders! Resource...
01/08/2021

Avondale Elementary in Birmingham is in need of Tutors to give some extra support to their amazing 5th graders! Resources and training will be provided. All tutoring will be virtual. Sign up by Jan 25th at bit.ly/AvondaleTutor

Give it up for our 2015 Alabama Corps! These teachers, leaders, and change-makers have demonstrated outstanding compassi...
12/19/2020

Give it up for our 2015 Alabama Corps! These teachers, leaders, and change-makers have demonstrated outstanding compassion for TFA's mission in the years since their service as Corps Members. They've demonstrated a commitment to educational equity by supporting important causes, designing opportunities for families to support/individualize student learning or going on to graduate school in communities across Alabama. While some have remained teaching, others have gone on to medical, law, or graduate school or joined the staffs of non-profit organizations around the state.

Booker T. Washington K-8 School needs our help rewarding their hard working students as they navigate virtual learning! ...
12/16/2020

Booker T. Washington K-8 School needs our help rewarding their hard working students as they navigate virtual learning! Grab a few extra $10 gift cards while you shop and be sure to send them along! #bamalygiving

Meet Willie and Jamela Bradford! Willie and Jamela Bradford were 2013 corps members in Huntsville, AL. Both continue to ...
12/12/2020

Meet Willie and Jamela Bradford!

Willie and Jamela Bradford were 2013 corps members in Huntsville, AL. Both continue to teach in the classroom and Willie continues to teach at his placement school, Mae Jemison High School. When Jamela’s placement school was closed she began to teach at Jemison as well, since many of her students were now zoned for that school. As math teachers and a power couple, the Bradfords work to ensure that all their students in the North Huntsville area have the opportunity to succeed. They have built lasting relationships with their students, and since they live in Huntsville they are able to witness the growth of their former students after high school.

The Bradfords became involved in a nonprofit co-founded by TFA Alabama alum Chris Scribner, Cap and Gown Project. Their work with Cap and Gown has been one of the highlights of their educational careers. Cap and Gown focuses on preparing students for college by providing access to college tours, ACT prep, summer STEM programming and general college prep (from financial aid to college essay support). They appreciate the opportunities Cap and Gown has provided their students at Jemison and the whole Huntsville area. “We have seen students expand their vision for what they believe is possible through their college tours.” Students have improved their ACT scores with persistence and dedication. “We love to see students exceed their own expectations (not to mention the expectations others place on them).”

Willie and Jamela have done incredible work for their students. Along the way they have received support from some wonderful people both fellow corps members, and veteran educators at their school. In the end though, their biggest support came from each other.

We’re thankful to have Willie and Jamela working hard to get us all to One Day.

Read the full profile at bit.ly/tfaALalumni

We've been celebrating 10 years of service to Alabama's children, but it's time to take a moment to acknowledge those co...
12/11/2020

We've been celebrating 10 years of service to Alabama's children, but it's time to take a moment to acknowledge those corporations and foundations who kicked off our work of the past decade. We are especially thankful for these early supporters, who put their faith in our mission and believed in our goal of One Day.

These first-year donors include:

AT&T
Alabama Power Foundation
Beasley Allen Law Firm
Energen Corporation
The Gratitude Foundation
Goodwyn Mills Cawood
The Daniel Foundation of Alabama
Wells Fargo

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for believing in us ten years ago. While there is still work to do, our accomplishments so far are possible because of you.

Meet our 2014 Alabama Corps! This inspiring group of Corps Members has challenged themselves and each of us to continue ...
12/10/2020

Meet our 2014 Alabama Corps! This inspiring group of Corps Members has challenged themselves and each of us to continue advocating for educational equity, no matter the circumstances. Remember when Nicole Franklin won a backpack for every student at her school? Or when Darren Ramalho became the Founding Head of School for @breakthrough_cs ? We will also never forget the influence that Courtney McCord and Jacob Probus had on their students, their peers, us, and the world around them - we will always remember them.

We are moved by this group's tireless efforts in the name of Alabama's children, and look forward to see the impact that each of them continues to have!

See someone you recognize? Tag them below! 👇🏽

12/04/2020

Did you know Teach For America has 5 application deadlines every year? And our 3rd for the 2021 corps is tonight! There's still time to apply to join our national network of 64,000 corps members and alumni working in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity. Head to teachforamerica.org/apply to start (and submit!) your application.

Presenting our 2013 Corps! Our largest corps group in the ten-year history of TFA Alabama had a huge and lasting impact ...
12/02/2020

Presenting our 2013 Corps! Our largest corps group in the ten-year history of TFA Alabama had a huge and lasting impact in schools across the state. Leaders in this group became involved in projects like Higher Academics Summer School and CAP & GOWN Project, or remained active in The Collective and other groups determined to achieve equity for all. Those who remained in education have permeated all levels of educational leadership, and while there are so many to highlight, we want to shout out Willie and Jamela Bradford, who are still teaching at the school they first joined as TFA Corps Members!

We love and appreciate our 2013 team. We invite you to tag your peers below!

We want to know: Why did YOU join TFA Alabama? Answer below!
12/01/2020

We want to know: Why did YOU join TFA Alabama? Answer below!

#givingtuesday2020 is upon us! This year has been one of unique challenges for our teachers, and their work is made poss...
11/30/2020

#givingtuesday2020 is upon us! This year has been one of unique challenges for our teachers, and their work is made possible through supporters like you. We invite you to make a gift to Teach for America Alabama by visiting bit.ly/givetfa to support our efforts to achieve #educationalequity for all.

Every week, the Alumni Board will highlight a TFA Alabama Alum — to hear about their journey, to hear about why (and how...
11/29/2020

Every week, the Alumni Board will highlight a TFA Alabama Alum — to hear about their journey, to hear about why (and how!) they are still committed to One Day, and to showcase the equity work that is being done across the state at different levels long after the corps years are over.
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Meet Audra Williams (Metro Atlanta ‘06), an OBGYN at UAB.
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After teaching High School Biology in Atlanta, Audra chose to stay in Atlanta in order to stay connected with her students, school, and the community. While at Emory earning her Medical Doctorate and Masters of Public Health, Audra was able to partner with a professor (also TFA Alum) and create a service learning course that connected med school students, public health students, and TFA teachers to develop lessons on health and education.
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We all know that teaching is an important and challenging job, but did you know that it was harder than Med School? Audra said that after teaching 9th grade biology, med school felt like a breeze! Ms. Williams was able to energize her students and make learning biology fun. Her students loved finding creative ways to review at the end of units by writing their own review songs, and they would be thrilled when they could find a way to fit mitochondria into a rhyme scheme. Ms. Williams wrote a card to each of her students at the end of the year celebrating their achievements. Years later while finishing up her MD, a student ran into her on the train and shared that he still had his card from her and it reminded him of all that he can accomplish.
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Audra is now back home in Birmingham. She loves being connected with the Bamaly and knowing that there is a whole network of people with the same goals and fighting for equity. There is power in having people in so many different fields all working for the same goal/mission. Education is 90% of what Audra does in a day whether it’s training the next generation of doctors training her residents, or teaching patients about their health, treatment options, or wellness planning. Audra uses skill she learned in the classroom every single day.
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Read the full profile at bit.ly/tfaALalumni

We are filled with endless gratitude for all teachers who continue to make a difference in the lives of countless school...
11/26/2020

We are filled with endless gratitude for all teachers who continue to make a difference in the lives of countless school children every day. Their work inspires us, and we are thankful for them this Thanksgiving season and always.

Meet our 2012 Corps! This group of all star Corps Members achieved incredible results in their classrooms during their t...
11/25/2020

Meet our 2012 Corps! This group of all star Corps Members achieved incredible results in their classrooms during their two-year service. Their accomplishments include everything from bringing AP classes to their schools to founding non-profits such as CAP & GOWN Project in Huntsville.

After their service, these incredible leaders went on to become policy advocates, leaders in their school districts, and city leaders. We have witnessed them run for public office and continue fighting for equity for all. We are immensely proud of all of the work the 2012 Alabama Corps has done and continues to do.

We invite you to remember TFA Alabama when making a gift this #GivingTuesday to support our 65 Corps Members across Alab...
11/24/2020

We invite you to remember TFA Alabama when making a gift this #GivingTuesday to support our 65 Corps Members across Alabama. Our teachers are deep in an unprecedented era of teaching, and without your support, their efforts could not be possible. Visit bit.ly/givetfa to make a one-time or recurring gift this December 1st.

Every week, the Alumni Board will highlight a TFA Alabama Alum — to hear about their journey, to hear about why (and how...
11/22/2020

Every week, the Alumni Board will highlight a TFA Alabama Alum — to hear about their journey, to hear about why (and how!) they are still committed to One Day, and to showcase the equity work that is being done across the state at different levels long after the corps years are over.

Today’s spotlight shines on Lisa Daniels (Alabama ‘12), a history teacher at the Altamont School in Birmingham. She is the co-founder and chairman of Support the Vote Alabama. Lisa is currently pursuing a masters at American University focusing on education policy.

We caught up with Lisa after a full day of teaching history to middle schoolers — and a week after closing up voter registration for over 200 people in Alabama. Even during a global pandemic, Lisa is finding safe ways to reach, teach, and better her community. Because of her own experiences, she knows better than most how she is uniquely positioned to help shape Alabama’s future. She shined some light on how her family history, her journey with TFA, and her personal goals are helping mold her next steps bettering her home state of Alabama. Below are a few highlights from our interview with her.

HOW TFA SHAPED HER LIFE: “TFA prepared me to be in these spaces to stand up for the things that I believe in and to make sure that the voices that are not at the table, get a seat at the table.”

WHAT BROUGHT HER TO TFA: “I was able to study how residential segregation affects educational inequalities in the state of Alabama. Because we have to remember that education is a form of abolition. It’s a form of freedom activism. And so by learning about those things and how people are consistently finding ways to support white supremacy and to suppress educational development, I made it my duty to find out how [we can] make schools more equitable, how [we can] make schools more able to support students from various backgrounds.”

HOW HER "WHY" DRIVES HER: “I've worked in public schools. I've worked in charter schools. Now I'm working at a private school trying to figure out exactly how [we can] make all of these places, all of these spaces, more equitable.”

We’re thankful to have Lisa working hard to get us all to One Day.

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The Problem We Are Trying to Solve: Alabama is ranked 49th out of 50 states in education and while the entire state suffers from educational inequity, the Black Belt region of Alabama has an achievement gap far wider than anywhere else. This past year at Mountain Brook High School, where zero percent of students receive free/reduced lunch, only 2.3 percent of fifth grade students tested below grade level on the mandated Alabama Science Exam. Just minutes away at Huffman High School in Birmingham, where over 65 percent of students receive free/reduced lunch, more than 77 percent of fifth graders fell below that same mastery level.

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Reminder: the Alabama Roundtable is Sunday. IB me for details!!
Fellow alumni, the TFA Alabama Alumni Board is accepting applications for new members! All alums living in Alabama are invited to apply by August 31. Contact [email protected] with any questions. David Liddell (Alabama '11) Board Chair
TOGETHER TEACHER, WORK-FROM-HOME EDITION The Together Teacher is a “how-to” guide “work from home” edition for TFA corps members and alumni. Maia Heyck-Merlin, founder of The Together Group and The Together Press (and former South Louisiana corps member) will present tools, templates, and strategies that educators can immediately implement to navigate distance teaching in these uncertain times. The session will provide participants with step-by-step actions for building habits, finding tools that work for individuals, and creating space to become a “Together Teacher.” Thursday, July 30th, 7:00 - 8:00pm Eastern Time Learn More & Block Your Calendars: https://teachtfa.org/38jp264 Participants will access real artifacts to learn from and downloadable resources! The habits outlined in this session will serve teachers well as professionals working in an on-your-feet, data-rich environment amidst the changes and unpredictability caused by COVID-19 and effects of systemic racism & oppression. Maia invites you to check out her new book for teachers: The Together Work-From-Home Teacher. All TFA alumni and corps members can purchase the ebook for for a discounted price of $9 (from $20!) Access the ebook and more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1De9-kfm_QRX2JDRMhrC0g4Hnj6kSFhct/view?usp=sharing
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Your school is filled with amazing leaders and educators just waiting to be recognized and celebrated. Whether you're a student, parent, principal, or colleague, we've put together a list of ways you can thank them for their dedication to students. https://teachtfa.org/2L0JYUB #Love4Teachers
TOMORROW starting at 4PM PST/7PM EST on Instagram Live, DJ-Nice is hosting an exclusive #TeacherAppreciationWeek virtual happy hour. #ClubQuarantine originator has brought millions together online including Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, and Will Smith to dance and have a good time while we #stayhome. This Friday, he will keep the energy high and bring the party to celebrate teachers! Join us! https://teachtfa.org/3fb4ZcU #Love4Teachers For more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS
TOMORROW starting at 4PM PST/7PM EST on Instagram Live, DJ-Nice is hosting an exclusive #TeacherAppreciationWeek virtual happy hour. #ClubQuarantine originator has brought millions together online including Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, and Will Smith to dance and have a good time while we #stayhome. This Friday, he will keep the energy high and bring the party to celebrate teachers! Join us! https://teachtfa.org/3fb4ZcU #Love4Teachers For more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25zs1UTmMlY
Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 with these special freebies and savings. https://teachtfa.org/2Sn0BOk For more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS #Love4Teachers"
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Keeping Students at the Center: On an ordinary school day, teachers are focused on meeting their students’ needs—academically, emotionally, and in so many other ways. These may not be ordinary times, but those needs remain. https://teachtfa.org/3bUhJ5J #Love4Teachers To learn how other teachers are keeping students at the center, and access more resources, opportunities, and teacher-to-teacher networking, join TFA’s private Alumni Teacher Facebook Group: https://teachtfa.org/3fd8RtS
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