10-26-11: The Impact of Teach for America
Teach for America has been supplying energetic, idealistic teachers to Baltimore schools for nearly two decades. Scores of TFA alumni still teach in the city’s public schools; a dozen alumni are principals here, and, in the last two years, Teach for America has doubled the number of new teachers or “corps members” teaching in Baltimore. It’s now one of main gateways to become a teacher in Baltimore.
What impact is Teach for America having on Baltimore schools and students? Sheilah talks with a TFA alumnus, Andrew Coy. He’s in his third year of teaching, the last two of which have been at Digital Harbor High School, where he’s a technology teacher.
She also talks with Baltimore Schools CEO Andres Alonso, who’s a big supporter of the program. He talks about how he’s been employing it in Baltimore schools.
In this web extra, you can hear Dr. Alonso discuss how he thinks TFA teachers have the greatest impact on middle schoolers:
And here, he discusses the role TFA can play in terms of recruitment — and how the buy-out Baltimore offered last year allowed the city to hire new teachers:
Also, here’s Andrew Coy’s take on how the new teacher contract is affecting teacher retention: