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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.

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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Meet Rachel Gandy! Rachel has joined TFA Alabama as our Director, Individual Giving after serving as the director of fin...
03/07/2022

Meet Rachel Gandy! Rachel has joined TFA Alabama as our Director, Individual Giving after serving as the director of finance and political outreach special assistant to Congresswoman Terri Sewell. Rachel describes herself as a gregarious, goal-oriented, and confidant woman who believes in giving back to her community, uplifting others, and treating others the way they would like to be treated. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a graduate of the Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Institute, graduate of Emerge Leadership Montgomery, and had special features in the Montgomery Business Journal as a top young professional. We are delighted to have her on the team!

Meet Melvia Walton, who will be serving as our Director, Corporate and Foundation Giving!  Melvia will help grow TFA’s f...
02/11/2022

Meet Melvia Walton, who will be serving as our Director, Corporate and Foundation Giving!  Melvia will help grow TFA’s financial means to further expand its programs to under-resourced communities across the state. Melvia is a passionate leader with extensive experience managing and writing grants in academic, nonprofit, and government settings. She is skilled in fundraising, community engagement, partnerships, and strategy.

A Birmingham native, Melvia is a proud alumna of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Mount Holyoke College, and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an active member of The Women’s Network of Birmingham, the Junior League of Birmingham, and the Birmingham Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Welcome, Melvia!

Rescheduled! Due to continued high Covid case rates in Alabama and around the country, we have decided to reschedule our...
02/07/2022

Rescheduled! Due to continued high Covid case rates in Alabama and around the country, we have decided to reschedule our annual Teach For America Alabama Opportunity Summit to Saturday, May 14, 2022. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in May for a day of networking, professional development sessions, and more! Mark your calendars - we hope to see you there!

Register at bit.ly/TFAOPS22

#TFAAlabama #Bamaly #Americorps #TeachForAmerica #TFAAlumniNetwork #ONEDAY

Hosted by the TFA Alabama Alumni Board's Policy & Advocacy Committee! Interested in learning more about education policy...
01/24/2022

Hosted by the TFA Alabama Alumni Board's Policy & Advocacy Committee! Interested in learning more about education policy in the state of Alabama? Join TFA alums and corps members on Zoom for our 2022 Alabama Ed Policy Series focused on how ed policy impacts our communities and how to engage in issues that impact the classroom and our students the most. 

Our first of three sessions on February 3rd from 6-7:30pm CT will cover the structure and history of ed policy here in Alabama as well as a preview of what to expect in the ongoing 2022 legislative session. Register at bit.ly/EdPolicy1

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

Registration for our sixth annual Opportunity Summit happening in Birmingham on February 26th is now open!! Register to ...
01/21/2022

Registration for our sixth annual Opportunity Summit happening in Birmingham on February 26th is now open!! Register to network with organizations from across the state and participate in professional development sessions. The event is open to all TFA alumni and corps members, as well as the broader education community. We cannot wait to see you all there! https://bit.ly/TFAOPS22

#ALOPS2022 #TFAAlabama #Bamaly #Americorps #TeachForAmerica #TFAAlumniNetwork #ONEDAY #EDEquity

This year for MLK Day, our AmeriCorps teachers dedicated their time by volunteering in their communities. Check out the ...
01/19/2022

This year for MLK Day, our AmeriCorps teachers dedicated their time by volunteering in their communities. Check out the highlights of the great work they did!

Serve Alabama AmeriCorps Teach For America

You spread the word about our mission. You advocate for teachers and children. And without your generous gifts in the pa...
11/30/2021

You spread the word about our mission. You advocate for teachers and children. And without your generous gifts in the past, our teachers wouldn’t be able to build a brighter future for our students.

We appreciate you standing in our corner. Today, #GivingTuesday, we stand together across the nation to help TFA educators create a brighter, more equitable future for our students. Donate today by visiting bit.ly/givingtuesday_tfa.

Tomorrow is #givingtuesday! On Giving Tuesday and through the rest of the year, we will be celebrating and supporting th...
11/29/2021

Tomorrow is #givingtuesday! On Giving Tuesday and through the rest of the year, we will be celebrating and supporting those teachers who lay the foundation so their students can have a bright future. We invite you to celebrate with us and support Alabama teachers by making a contribution to Teach for America Alabama. Visit bit.ly/givingtuesday_tfa

Our Executive Director Damon Bailey met with Congresswoman Terri Sewell to discuss the state of education in Alabama and...
11/17/2021

Our Executive Director Damon Bailey met with Congresswoman Terri Sewell to discuss the state of education in Alabama and our role in improving outcomes for all kids. Thank you to Congresswoman Terri Sewell for your devotion and support to ensuring all kids get a great education. We look forward to all the ways we can partner together over the next 10 years to put students on durable pathways to economic mobility and a future filled with possibility.

There’s still ONE DAY LEFT to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship! Swipe through to meet a few more ...
11/14/2021

There’s still ONE DAY LEFT to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship!

Swipe through to meet a few more members of our inaugural cohort who spent six months cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!

The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, nonprofit, or other civic organization in the next 3-5 years.

#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

There’s still time to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship! Swipe through to meet more members of our...
11/11/2021

There’s still time to apply for our next Systems Change Leadership Fellowship!

Swipe through to meet more members of our inaugural cohort who spent six months cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!

The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, nonprofit, or other civic organization in the next 3-5 years.

#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

Swipe through to meet a few members of our inaugural Systems Change Leadership Fellowship cohort who spent six months cu...
11/02/2021

Swipe through to meet a few members of our inaugural Systems Change Leadership Fellowship cohort who spent six months cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!
The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, nonprofit, or other civic organization in the next 3-5 years.
#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

Today’s alumni spotlight shines on Elizabeth Bieri (Alabama ’18), a Chemistry & SAT Prep instructor at Holy Family Crist...
10/23/2021

Today’s alumni spotlight shines on Elizabeth Bieri (Alabama ’18), a Chemistry & SAT Prep instructor at Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her fellow TFA alumni peers have been working on planning and implementing a successful test prep program at HFCR for all juniors in an effort to raise their standardized test scores -- all while finishing up her masters at Johns Hopkins.
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ON HOW SHE REMAINS COMMITTED TO GETTING TO "ONE DAY": I am still teaching students here in Birmingham and plan to stay in the classroom for the foreseeable future. My vision for One Day and my involvement in TFA continues to drive my progress with my students. TFA has supported me through continued resources such as the alumni microgrant. In addition, most of my closest friends are fellow alumni and they continue to be such an amazing source of both encouragement and resources to make me better both personally and professionally.
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Be sure to to cheer on Elizabeth as her students compete for the top prize at the Altec Innovation Challenge on November 4th!
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We’re thankful to have Elizabeth working hard to get us all to One Day.⁠

#tfaalabama #alabamaalumniboard #oneday #bamaly #teachforamerica #alumniwork #allkids

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Systems Change Leadership Fellowship Application is now open for the 2021 cohort! SCLF supports partic...
10/15/2021

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Systems Change Leadership Fellowship Application is now open for the 2021 cohort! SCLF supports participants in cultivating the core knowledge, skills, and mindsets needed to lead the charge in expanding educational opportunities for children from a systems level. Participants will experience 6 cohort seminars led by experts, deep dives into various systems within Alabama, executive coaching, and ongoing career and job placement support. Fellows will be working to develop their systems level theory of action and ensuring they are prepared to act on it.

The Fellowship is specifically designed for Teach For America Alumni interested in stepping into a systems leader role at a school/district, in nonprofits, or other civic organizations in the next 3-5 years. Learn more and apply at https://bit.ly/TFA_SCLF by November 15th!
#oneday #tfaalabama #teachforamerica #bamaly #tfaALalumni #systemschange

It's that time of year again! Join us in welcoming the 2021-2022 TFA Alabama Alumni Board, focused on supporting all TFA...
10/09/2021

It's that time of year again! Join us in welcoming the 2021-2022 TFA Alabama Alumni Board, focused on supporting all TFA alumni in Alabama and ensuring that they remain connected to the mission of One Day. As part of that work, the Board is continuing with our Alumni Saturdays series, which will spotlight the impact our powerful alums are having across the state of Alabama. Be on the lookout for more!⁠⁠
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Mariohn Michel (Alabama ‘11) - Board Chair ⁠
Katie McMeans (Alabama ‘13) - Vice Chair⁠
Nora Samayoa (Alabama ‘18) - Secretary⁠
Freddie D. Stokes (Alabama ‘12)⁠
Corinn O'Brien (Greater New Orleans ‘08)⁠
Luke Chamberlin (Alabama ‘18)⁠
Kimberlyn Byrd (Greater Nashville ‘13)⁠
Yamini Bhat (Greater Nashville ‘15)⁠
Elizabeth Mojica (Alabama ‘19)⁠
Jackie Bretl (Bay Area ‘09)⁠
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Comment the alum you hope to see spolighted!

#tfaalabama #alabamaalumniboard #oneday #bamaly #teachforamerica #alumniwork #allkids

THIS WEEKEND! The Brave Education Summit is open to LGBTQ+ and allied corps members, alumni, staff, partners, and studen...
10/06/2021

THIS WEEKEND! The Brave Education Summit is open to LGBTQ+ and allied corps members, alumni, staff, partners, and students and is designed to support learning and development, as well as provide resources for LGBTQ+ students and educators.⁠

The summit, which is held during LGBT History Month and which launches on the eve of National Coming Out Day and Indigenous People’s Day, will have themes for each day of programming:⁠
October 9th: Identity and Intersectionality⁠
October 10th: Supporting LGBTQIA2s+ students⁠
October 23rd: Policy and Advocacy⁠
October 24th: Regional Prism Coalitions and the Path Forward⁠

Go to teachforamerica.org/brave-summit-2021 to register for this free event!⁠
#braveeducation #teachforamerica #prism #bamalyprism #onedayallchildren #tfaalabama

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2301 1st Ave N, Ste 105
Birmingham, AL
35203

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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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(205) 583-4637

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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"
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