Teach For America, in partnership with Teach First, is launching 'Teach For All' to support the development of its model in at least seven countries over the coming three years. This effort is intended to channel the talent and energy of top college graduates in those countries against educational disparities facing tens of thousands of children in high-poverty communities. Teach For All will raise $25 million over three years for its global operations, and at the same time leverage millions more towards the program in each country. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is pledging $2.5 million to support Teach For All's work in India, and the Amy & Larry Robbins Foundation is also pledging $2 million to Teach For All.
Teach For America's mission in the US is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our country's most promising future leaders in the effort. This In 2007, 18,000 top recent college grads, of all academic majors and career interests, competed to enter Teach For America's corps of individuals who commit two years to teach in our nation's lowest-income communities and become lifelong leaders in pursuit of educational excellence and equity. Teach For America now fields a corps of 5,000 members in urban and rural communities while building an ever-expanding alumni force of leaders - including the Washington, DC schools chancellor, the 2005 National Teacher of the Year, and principals of many of the nation's highest-performing schools in low-income communities - who, with conviction and insight from their teaching experience, work for change from inside and outside of education.
Teach First, a British program based on Teach For America, also aims to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields. Currently, 500 Teach First participants are teaching in challenging secondary schools, in London, Greater Manchester, and the Midlands. After graduating from the program, the Teach First ambassadors assume leadership roles in education and in the fields of business, policy, non-profit, and industry as leaders equipped and strategically positioned to improve the lifelong productivity of young people.
Teach For America and Teach First have received requests over the past year from groups in several countries that are inspired by the Teach For America model and are working to replicate it in their respective countries. These groups are determined to address the problem of educational inequity and they believe the Teach For America model could have an important short-term impact while serving as a catalytic force for long-term change in their respective countries. Based on the feedback from these social entrepreneurs and international experts, as well as the findings of a McKinsey study Teach For America undertook, it appears that the conditions for success of the Teach For America model exist in approximately 60 countries. Thus, compelled by the enormity of the problem of educational inequity in these countries and by the significant role that the Teach For America model could have in addressing this issue, Teach For America and Teach First feel a moral imperative to help maximize the potential impact of their model in these countries.
Over the coming three years, Teach For All will build the global capacity to support the development of independent teacher corps around the world, with an initial focus on seven countries where local initiatives are already underway. Teach For All also will be open to exploring development of the model in other countries if the opportunity arises, there is potential for impact and the requisite conditions are met. Ultimately, Teach For All will build the capacity to evaluate where the model can have the greatest impact and accordingly develop the model on a more proactive basis in those countries where there is a compelling need and a high likelihood of success.
Local entities that join the Teach For All global network agree to uphold certain core programmatic 'principles' that define the Teach For America model and are critical to the success of the program. However, other than compliance with these core principles, the leadership of the local entities will be empowered to adapt the model based on the needs and realities of the local context.
SEEKING: financial resources, implementing partners, and media/marketing opportunities. Teach For All needs the ongoing engagement of the corporate and philanthropic community to meet its growing financial and other resource needs as the network expands. Teach For All is excited to work with financial supporters to provide a variety of ways to engage in our work including thought partnering, employee engagement and visibility opportunities in nearly every region in the world.
OFFERING: implementing partners, best practice information.