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.

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04/21/2021

Derek Chauvin was found guilty today on all counts, including murder. We are holding community close tonight as we feel a sense of relief from the verdict.

However, this verdict does not undo the real injustice of George Floyd’s murder. George should be alive today. The verdict does not mark the end of the work that needs to be done, but reminds us of the power of our collective voice and action. We are all on stand now.

As educators and leaders we owe it to our students to hold anti-racism as the through-line in our work. We must work together to breathe life into better possibilities for students and youth.
#GeorgeFloyd #DaunteWright
#mattersistheminimum

The graphic in this post is created by Teach For America - Detroit. Thank you for highlighting this powerful quote!

Yet another senseless murder of a black person showcases the amount of work there still is to do to disrupt and dismantl...
04/14/2021

Yet another senseless murder of a black person showcases the amount of work there still is to do to disrupt and dismantle racism and anti-blackness that has been institutionalized in our police system.

Our black boys and girls deserve to live full and free lives and we commit ourselves to doing work that ensures their futures can be realized. We weep with Daunte’s family, the black community, and all those impacted by the most recent murder of another unarmed black man in our country and hope for justice.

If you'd like to support Daunte's girlfriend and their child, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/dauntewright.

Yet another senseless murder of a black person showcases the amount of work there still is to do to disrupt and dismantle racism and anti-blackness that has been institutionalized in our police system.

Our black boys and girls deserve to live full and free lives and we commit ourselves to doing work that ensures their futures can be realized. We weep with Daunte’s family, the black community, and all those impacted by the most recent murder of another unarmed black man in our country and hope for justice.

If you'd like to support Daunte's girlfriend and their child, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/dauntewright.

Join the Magic City Acceptance Center & TFA Alabama for a conversation about demonstrating support for LGBTQ students. T...
04/09/2021

Join the Magic City Acceptance Center & TFA Alabama for a conversation about demonstrating support for LGBTQ students. This interactive conversation will include a discussion of language and terminology, best practices, affirming classroom tips, and the current legal landscape in schools. All education professionals are welcome to attend! Register at http://bit.ly/MCAC_TFA

#tfaalabama #bamaly #mcac #braveeducation

Join the Magic City Acceptance Center & TFA Alabama for a conversation about demonstrating support for LGBTQ students. This interactive conversation will include a discussion of language and terminology, best practices, affirming classroom tips, and the current legal landscape in schools. All education professionals are welcome to attend! Register at http://bit.ly/MCAC_TFA

#tfaalabama #bamaly #mcac #braveeducation

Excited to thank our Teach For America AmeriCorps members on #NationalServiceRecognitionDay for stepping up and showing ...
04/06/2021

Excited to thank our Teach For America AmeriCorps members on #NationalServiceRecognitionDay for stepping up and showing up when our communities need it most.

Excited to thank our Teach For America AmeriCorps members on #NationalServiceRecognitionDay for stepping up and showing up when our communities need it most.

03/30/2021

The journey toward ensuring every child receives an excellent education matters today to shape a different tomorrow.

#CelebrateTFAAlabama10

TFA Alumni, we want to invest in your work towards One Day! Anjelica (AL '18) received funds that will support her conti...
03/24/2021

TFA Alumni, we want to invest in your work towards One Day! Anjelica (AL '18) received funds that will support her continued leadership in the classroom. Check out the requirements and apply at https://bit.ly/TFAmicrogrants by May 7th.

TFA Alumni, we want to invest in your work towards One Day! Anjelica (AL '18) received funds that will support her continued leadership in the classroom. Check out the requirements and apply at https://bit.ly/TFAmicrogrants by May 7th.

Check out these highlights from our 10th Anniversary a few weeks ago! We thank you all for celebrating with us, and toda...
03/22/2021

Check out these highlights from our 10th Anniversary a few weeks ago! We thank you all for celebrating with us, and today we'd also like to highlight our appreciation of our event sponsors, who donated generously in celebration of the evening and who make our work possible. If you missed it, you can catch the recording on the event page at https://tfaalabama.swell.gives.

A huge THANK YOU to all who joined us for our 10th anniversary last Thursday! If you missed it and want to catch the wor...
03/15/2021

A huge THANK YOU to all who joined us for our 10th anniversary last Thursday! If you missed it and want to catch the words of some of these familiar faces, the recording is now up at the event website: https://tfaalabama.swell.gives.

A huge THANK YOU to all who joined us for our 10th anniversary last Thursday! If you missed it and want to catch the words of some of these familiar faces, the recording is now up at the event website: https://tfaalabama.swell.gives.

Tonight's the night! Join these fabulous speakers as we raise a glass to a decade's worth of TFA Alabama's service to ch...
03/11/2021

Tonight's the night! Join these fabulous speakers as we raise a glass to a decade's worth of TFA Alabama's service to children across the state. Tune into the livestream from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM CST at https://tfaalabama.swell.gives. See you soon!

Tonight's the night! Join these fabulous speakers as we raise a glass to a decade's worth of TFA Alabama's service to children across the state. Tune into the livestream from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM CST at https://tfaalabama.swell.gives. See you soon!

Wrapping things up with our most recent Corps Year, we have the 2020 Corps! These leaders began their service in the mid...
03/10/2021

Wrapping things up with our most recent Corps Year, we have the 2020 Corps! These leaders began their service in the middle of a pandemic and approached their teaching strategies with a creative boldness we admire. Here are just some of the inspiring things they’ve been doing:
- Jayde Farmer hasn’t let virtual learning get in the way of field trips! Her high school classes have been digitally visiting battle fields, museums, and other historic sites
- Angela Wood has given her middle school students the opportunity to write and share poems inspired by actual authors they’ve been studying
- Margaret Cartner’s high school students recorded themselves making an introduction in Spanish and are exchanging them with English classes in Spain, Uruguay and Chile

This corps group has raised the bar on creative teaching and we are inspired by all they do.

That’s a wrap for every corps year since the beginning! Our 2021 Corps Members will be joining the #bamaly soon and we can’t wait to have them join our mission of One Day.

To continue celebrating our 10 years of service to Alabama’s children, join us TOMORROW, 3/11 for our 10th Anniversary Celebration! Register at https://tfaalabama.swell.gives. See you there!

Wrapping things up with our most recent Corps Year, we have the 2020 Corps! These leaders began their service in the middle of a pandemic and approached their teaching strategies with a creative boldness we admire. Here are just some of the inspiring things they’ve been doing:
- Jayde Farmer hasn’t let virtual learning get in the way of field trips! Her high school classes have been digitally visiting battle fields, museums, and other historic sites
- Angela Wood has given her middle school students the opportunity to write and share poems inspired by actual authors they’ve been studying
- Margaret Cartner’s high school students recorded themselves making an introduction in Spanish and are exchanging them with English classes in Spain, Uruguay and Chile

This corps group has raised the bar on creative teaching and we are inspired by all they do.

That’s a wrap for every corps year since the beginning! Our 2021 Corps Members will be joining the #bamaly soon and we can’t wait to have them join our mission of One Day.

To continue celebrating our 10 years of service to Alabama’s children, join us TOMORROW, 3/11 for our 10th Anniversary Celebration! Register at https://tfaalabama.swell.gives. See you there!

Today’s spotlight shines on Nivory Gordon (Alabama ‘19), a current mathematics teacher at Greensboro High School in the ...
03/07/2021

Today’s spotlight shines on Nivory Gordon (Alabama ‘19), a current mathematics teacher at Greensboro High School in the Black Belt region of Alabama. Nivory is a native of Selma, Alabama, also in the Black Belt. Nivory is preparing to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law in the Fall.
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ON WHAT INSPIRED HIM TO JOIN TFA: I wanted to increase the number of Black and Brown students pursuing STEM fields. In college, I could see how my past experiences helped to shape my value for education, why I choose to study engineering, and why I cared just as much about the success of someone else as I did my own. I had a TFA teacher during my time in high school and remember the impact that he had in our community. Coming from a background in engineering, I knew this would be the nexus point that would allow me the ability to pay it forward what had already been given to me. Each day I get to work with some of the most important people in the world.
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ON HOW HE HAS LEVERAGED HIS TFA EXPERIENCE TO IMPACT HIS WORK: As a Black male educator from Selma, I know that my students face some of the toughest battles even before they step foot in my class. Having an equity lens combined with the knowledge on how systematic oppression can show up around and within the classroom lights the passion from within to speak life into their dreams, goals and ideals...
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ON HIS VISION FOR THE FUTURE: One Day should have been yesterday. There are no excuses for not making sure that each child is prepared to pursue any pathway that they decided regardless of their differences that make them unique. For the rest of my life, I am dedicated to empower, educate, impact and advocate on behalf of the voices and unrealized dreams of the next generation, because they are the heroes and sheroes we have been waiting for to make this country a better place for us all.
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We’re thankful to have Nivory working hard to get us all to One Day.
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Read the full profile at bit.ly/tfaALalumni

Today’s spotlight shines on Nivory Gordon (Alabama ‘19), a current mathematics teacher at Greensboro High School in the Black Belt region of Alabama. Nivory is a native of Selma, Alabama, also in the Black Belt. Nivory is preparing to attend the University of Mississippi School of Law in the Fall.
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ON WHAT INSPIRED HIM TO JOIN TFA: I wanted to increase the number of Black and Brown students pursuing STEM fields. In college, I could see how my past experiences helped to shape my value for education, why I choose to study engineering, and why I cared just as much about the success of someone else as I did my own. I had a TFA teacher during my time in high school and remember the impact that he had in our community. Coming from a background in engineering, I knew this would be the nexus point that would allow me the ability to pay it forward what had already been given to me. Each day I get to work with some of the most important people in the world.
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ON HOW HE HAS LEVERAGED HIS TFA EXPERIENCE TO IMPACT HIS WORK: As a Black male educator from Selma, I know that my students face some of the toughest battles even before they step foot in my class. Having an equity lens combined with the knowledge on how systematic oppression can show up around and within the classroom lights the passion from within to speak life into their dreams, goals and ideals...
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ON HIS VISION FOR THE FUTURE: One Day should have been yesterday. There are no excuses for not making sure that each child is prepared to pursue any pathway that they decided regardless of their differences that make them unique. For the rest of my life, I am dedicated to empower, educate, impact and advocate on behalf of the voices and unrealized dreams of the next generation, because they are the heroes and sheroes we have been waiting for to make this country a better place for us all.
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We’re thankful to have Nivory working hard to get us all to One Day.
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Read the full profile at bit.ly/tfaALalumni

Meet our 2019 Alabama Corps! We celebrate that this is our first corps with not just one, but TWO former students of TFA...
03/06/2021

Meet our 2019 Alabama Corps! We celebrate that this is our first corps with not just one, but TWO former students of TFA AL Corps Members who went on to become Corps Members themselves! (We see you, Nivory and Elizabeth!)

These CMs – who are still in the classroom! – spent the second half of their first year of service navigating the challenges of teaching in the midst of a pandemic. They’re currently in their second year and continue to do incredible things as they balance virtual and in-person classrooms. Despite these unique and trying circumstances, they continue to impress us, like when:
- Megan Zuege was acknowledged as Teacher of the Year at Erwin Middle School,
- Miranda Southern took her students on a virtual global scavenger hunt looking for interesting animals around the world, and
- Allafi Amin Bashier visited the birth places of diverse scientists with his classroom…virtually!

We applaud their tenacity and dedication to getting things done inside their classroom (even their virtual ones). We thank them for their efforts, and look forward to what they’ll achieve for years to come.

Meet our 2019 Alabama Corps! We celebrate that this is our first corps with not just one, but TWO former students of TFA AL Corps Members who went on to become Corps Members themselves! (We see you, Nivory and Elizabeth!)

These CMs – who are still in the classroom! – spent the second half of their first year of service navigating the challenges of teaching in the midst of a pandemic. They’re currently in their second year and continue to do incredible things as they balance virtual and in-person classrooms. Despite these unique and trying circumstances, they continue to impress us, like when:
- Megan Zuege was acknowledged as Teacher of the Year at Erwin Middle School,
- Miranda Southern took her students on a virtual global scavenger hunt looking for interesting animals around the world, and
- Allafi Amin Bashier visited the birth places of diverse scientists with his classroom…virtually!

We applaud their tenacity and dedication to getting things done inside their classroom (even their virtual ones). We thank them for their efforts, and look forward to what they’ll achieve for years to come.

03/04/2021
2021 Final Application Deadline

The final application deadline for the 2021 corps is tomorrow at midnight! We're looking for leaders passionate about creating a more equitable education system to join our work right here in Alabama and across the nation. Open to college seniors and professionals with training beginning first week of June. Head to teachforamerica.org/register! #oneday #bamaly

03/03/2021
Celebrate 10 Years With Us!

"Now is the time to set a bold vision about what will be true of our next decade." Join Damon Bailey, executive director of Teach For America
Alabama, on March 11 as we reflect on 10 years of service and set goals for future progress. #CelebrateTFAAlabama10

Register at https://tfaalabama.swell.gives

Join us on March 11th as we celebrate Teach For America Alabama's 10th Anniversary! This free, virtual event will featur...
03/01/2021

Join us on March 11th as we celebrate Teach For America Alabama's 10th Anniversary! This free, virtual event will feature several notable speakers including Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Wendy Kopp, and our current and past executive directors. You won't want to miss this historic event. #CelebrateTFAAlabama10

Register today: https://tfaalabama.swell.gives

Join us on March 11th as we celebrate Teach For America Alabama's 10th Anniversary! This free, virtual event will feature several notable speakers including Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Wendy Kopp, and our current and past executive directors. You won't want to miss this historic event. #CelebrateTFAAlabama10

Register today: https://tfaalabama.swell.gives

Today is the day for our Virtual Opportunity Summit! Stop by from where ever you are on any device to check out the amaz...
02/27/2021

Today is the day for our Virtual Opportunity Summit! Stop by from where ever you are on any device to check out the amazing organizations doing great work here in Alabama or even view a broadcast session! Registration will stay open throughout the event: https://bit.ly/ALOPS2021

#ALOPS2021 #TFAAlabama #Bamaly #Americorps #TeachForAmerica #TFAAlumniNetwork #ONEDAY #EDEquity

Today is the day for our Virtual Opportunity Summit! Stop by from where ever you are on any device to check out the amazing organizations doing great work here in Alabama or even view a broadcast session! Registration will stay open throughout the event: https://bit.ly/ALOPS2021

#ALOPS2021 #TFAAlabama #Bamaly #Americorps #TeachForAmerica #TFAAlumniNetwork #ONEDAY #EDEquity

24 hours until kickoff of the TFA Alabama Virtual Opportunity Summit at 10am CT! Network with organizations in the morni...
02/26/2021

24 hours until kickoff of the TFA Alabama Virtual Opportunity Summit at 10am CT! Network with organizations in the morning and attend sessions in the afternoon all from the comfort of your home! Registration is open to all who are passionate about Alabama's students check it and stop by using the link: https://bit.ly/ALOPS2021

#ALOPS2021 #TFAAlabama #Bamaly #Americorps #TeachForAmerica #TFAAlumniNetwork #ONEDAY #EDEquity

24 hours until kickoff of the TFA Alabama Virtual Opportunity Summit at 10am CT! Network with organizations in the morning and attend sessions in the afternoon all from the comfort of your home! Registration is open to all who are passionate about Alabama's students check it and stop by using the link: https://bit.ly/ALOPS2021

#ALOPS2021 #TFAAlabama #Bamaly #Americorps #TeachForAmerica #TFAAlumniNetwork #ONEDAY #EDEquity

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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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Hey Bamaly! I'm working with KIPP in DC now, and we're looking for someone to support our teaching residents through creating and implementing professional development. We're looking for someone with at least four years of teaching experience, preferably at the elementary or middle school level. We're remote through at least February, but would likely need someone in the DC/MD/VA region in the spring. If you're interested or know someone who could be, you can apply or refer a friend to us via this link. If you want to chat about the role or speak with someone on the team, I'd be happy to connect you.
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
Anybody know where induction is happening?
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"
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Share Printable Greetings and Gratitude From … Home! Say Hello and “Thank You” to that special teacher via postcard. Be sure to tag @teachforamerica and use #Love4Teachers so we can see your finished products. https://teachtfa.org/2VRvb4U
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
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8)! What says "thanks, teach!” better than freebies and teacher discounts? Check out our curated Teacher Appreciation Week discounts, and when you’re finished browsing, share the list with your friends and tag @teachforamerica and #Love4Teachers 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