This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Teach For America. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you aren't familiar with it yet, Teach For America is an organization committed to making sure that every child has access to great education. For 25 years, Teach For America has been recruiting the great people from all fields to help children in impoverished communities to receive the quality education they need.
Teach For America - Teachers are the First Step
I'll be the first to admit that I was never overly excited about school. In fact, I thought school was a sinister ploy devised by parents to get their kids out of the house all day. I loved seeing my friends, but that was about it. I would have been happy if our school had suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth, and my days had become filled with roaming around the neighborhood.
Enter my third grade teacher. She was a wonderful woman. She was full of excitement for our curriculum, and she made learning fun instead of being the most boring thing on earth. She took a third grader who watched the clock like a hawk and turned me into a third grader who was genuinely interested in what I would learn next. Things changed after that and school became something that I looked forward to - and that trend continued all the way through high school.
That's what Teach For America is all about - filling classrooms with people who will make learning fun and exciting and showing kids that they can do great things-. First they fall in love with teaching, and they know that the first step in helping children in impoverished communities achieve high educational achievement is placing teachers who are committed to helping kids learn IN those communities. They help students learn, and while teaching, learn what it takes to achieve educational equality.
Out of 16 million kids currently in school across America only 1 in 3 will graduate from high school. Only 18% of those who graduate will go on to a four-year college. Those are staggering numbers, especially when you consider that the majority of those children who never reach their full potential are from economically challenged areas.
So why teach with Teach For America?
Teach For America works to help kids get an quality education full of opportunities for the future no matter what their zip code might be. They find, train, and place the amazing people from all career backgrounds and majors as teachers in 52 regions that need it most across the country. They receive extensive training and ongoing coaching and development in the classroom to ensure that both they and their students are reaching their full potential. Since they started Teach For America has collectively reached over 5 million children in classrooms across the country. And thousands of Teach For America alumni support students as leaders in fields like politics, policy, business, law, and medicine, too!
Teach For America and Make a Difference
Teach For America is one of those organizations that can be a cornerstones in children's lives. The quality and creative education brought to children by Teach For American alumni helps them achieve their full potential and helps strengthen impoverished communities.
If you are unsure of what you'd like to do with your life, want to learn more about teaching, or if you're looking for a way to have a meaningful career, look into Teach For America. It's an organization like no other. Who knows? Maybe you'll be the next teacher to take a kid and help propel them into a better life.
I almost signed up for Teach For America. It is an excellent program with a lot of benefits.
As a parent, I love the idea behind Teach for America! It truly makes a difference in a kid's education when they can have a teacher who wants to be there and loves learning and teaching and can make it fun. We have lived places where I didn't like the teaching system adn it was hard to get my kids excited about school. It shouldn't be that way just because you happen to fall in the wrong zip code. So I love that they are helping to spread the amazing teachers where they need to be.
valmg @ Mom Knows It All
I always loved school and had some great teachers. My youngest loves school now and we have been fortunate to have had some really great professionals that love what they do.
I don't think those stats are right. 1 in 3 WON"T graduate, not 1 in 3 WILL graduate.
This is the first I've heard of this. This is so amazing. It is so important to have people that actually CARE about the content they're presenting to kids and get them excited about it. So cool.