January 6, 2011

Interested In Teach For America?

Today's successful alumnae/i story comes from Maddy Robertson-Salt '08 who works for Teach for America's Recruitment Team and wants to get Vassar students and graduates involved. Here is what she has to say:

"Educational inequity limits the life prospects of millions of children. Teach For America is being part of the solution. 

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals—of all majors, backgrounds, and career interests—who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural low-income communities and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. After their two years in the classroom, Teach For America alumni move into every sector to continue expanding opportunity in the long term.

Right now, 8,200 corps members have begun teaching in 39 regions across the country while over 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity.


Watch this short video to learn more about our impact:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoJSD0FmxKA
Attend an online event to learn more: http://www.teachforamerica.org/admissions/attend-an-online-event/
Register online today to get started on your application: http://www.teachforamerica.org/online/info/index.jsp

Full salary ($30,000-$50,000 depending on region) and health insurance. Federal student loans deferred. All majors and professional experiences.
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The next application deadline is February 4, 2011. For more information contact Maddy at madeline.robertson-salt[at]teachforamerica.org or visit www.teachforamerica.org.

1 comment:

Baynard said...

If you are interested in a career as a teacher, I don't recommend Teach for America as a starting point. There is a reason that this program has the nickname "Teach for a While". Teach for America places the most inexperienced teachers in the MOST challenging classrooms in the U.S., which leads to a high burnout rate. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, you are better off in a thorough teacher education program, like the one offered by Vassar's Education Department (leading to certification. Teach for America also plays into the belief that you don't really need much training to be a teacher. Nothing could be further from the truth. Teaching is extremely challenging work and it is in everyone's best interests if the teachers are extremely well trained (a crash course isn't enough).
I was a teacher for fifteen years before joining ACS at Vassar. The coursework and the experience I gained as an undergraduate at Vassar (student teaching, volunteering etc.) were invaluable in my development as a teaching professional. I witnessed the burnout and subsequent resignation of my friends and colleagues that were in programs like Teach for America. Be very careful what you are getting into.
- Baynard Bailey VC '90