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Teach for America
May 20, 2019
Teach for America-Memphis has a new leader for the first time in a decade. What will she do?
For the first time in nine years, Memphis’ largest alternative teacher training program will have a new leader in Nafeesha Mitchell.
February 15, 2019
Report: Tennessee’s teacher prep programs are doing a better job, but graduating fewer educators
The state's 40 teacher prep programs maintain or improve their scores on a new report card.
Updated January 17, 2019
Lee picks Texas academic chief Penny Schwinn as Tennessee’s next education commissioner
The choice is one of the last and most important cabinet picks for governor-elect Bill Lee, who made education a top priority on the campaign trail.
November 8, 2018
Memphis leader of Teach for America stepping down this spring
Athena Palmer was in the first cohort of 48 Teach for America recruits to Memphis in 2006 and took over as executive director in 2010.
By the numbers
September 6, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg’s education giving so far has topped $300 million. Here’s a list of where it’s going
What we collected includes over 50 groups and about $137 million of the $308 million CZI says it has donated to education-related causes.
Show me the money
Updated September 10, 2018
Lifting the veil on education’s newest big donor: Inside Chan Zuckerberg’s $300 million push to reshape schools
The new numbers offer hints about how broadly CZI may try to extend its influence, as Zuckerberg’s billions position the organization to become even more powerful.
Teach preschool for America
August 28, 2018
With preschool teachers in short supply, Colorado’s Teach For America is pulled into early childhood market
Teach For America has begun placing corps members into Colorado preschools, prompting both enthusiasm and trepidation.
June 15, 2018
What would these students tell newly trained teachers? ‘Be woke’
Respect for others, being resourceful, and confronting biases are among the lessons four high-school-age students wanted to convey during a panel discussion for…
April 5, 2018
Meet Patrick McAlister, the policy wonk in charge of the mayor’s education agenda
McAlister said he sees his role as bringing different stakeholders together.
February 15, 2018
Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card
While small alternative programs and private universities scored best again, several large public universities upped their performance under the state's grading system.
inside the playbook
December 6, 2017
A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction
From Atlanta to Cincinnati to Oakland, a loosely connected network of nonprofit groups is working to reshape the way their school districts function.
August 28, 2017
I went viral for walking my students home from school in Memphis. Here’s what got lost in the shuffle.
I was photographed walking students home in 2015, and the picture went viral. Two years later, I've changed tactics for trying to help young people.
August 18, 2017
Meet the Memphis educator leading the charge to take down her city’s Confederate monuments
Tami Sawyer sees helping teachers understand students’ culture and the broader fight for equity in Memphis as deeply connected.
August 4, 2017
Teach for America is sending more teachers into NYC this year — and it might have Donald Trump to thank
“People are realizing it matters to get involved, that we all have a responsibility.”
Leadership & Management
August 1, 2017
Teach for America’s Tameka Brigham joins Denver Public Schools as chief of staff
Most recently, Tameka Brigham was managing director of research for Teach For America,
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