A national effort that places new teachers in low-income urban and rural communities. Participants commit to two years of teaching after an intensive five-week training program. Coaching from program directors continues throughout the two years, and teachers have access to rich online support materials. Teachers are compensated through regular teacher pay as well as over $10,000 for student loans or future graduate school costs.
Level 3– The program has been rigorously evaluated over multiple years, and demonstrates statistically significant positive outcomes. Although they only account for 3% of the state’s teachers, Teach for America teachers were more prepared for the classroom than teachers from other tracks. Positive effects were seen on math, English, and science test scores. As compared to the traditional UNC teacher training, Teach for America teachers performed on the same level or better in all examined school subjects.
Teacher Preparation and Student Test Scores in North Carolina: Provides a comparison of Teach for America teacher outcomes and those from other portals, such as undergraduate, graduate, and out of state preparation.