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edTPA and TFA are two sides of the same coin.

Teach For America thinks you can put anybody in front of a classroom after a few weeks of boot camp training and they can fill the increasingly growing number of classroom teaching positions that cannot be filled by those from traditional teacher preparation programs. 462 more words


Sleepless in South Dakota..

In about 6 hours I will have a classroom full of first graders. And I’m terrified.

Terrified that I won’t know what I’m doing.

Terrified that for all I care about how much they learn this year, they won’t care. 145 more words

2015 Corps

New Visions- Hunter College Urban Teacher Residency (UTR)

The above picture is from the launch event after residents were paired with mentors. It was such a cool experience. The New York Hall of Science was rented out for us.  583 more words


And that's a wrap.

Well, I am officially done with my first year of teaching. It’s been a full week, and I still can’t actually believe it. I mean I can (because I’ve been sitting on my couch drinking wine and binge watching Netflix for like 8 straight days) but when I actually think about the fact that a whole year has gone by and I’m still standing, and more importantly, still teaching, it doesn’t feel real. 1,018 more words


NLRB Rules Teach for America Members Have a Right to Unionize

Originally published on The American Prospect’s Tapped blog on August 5th, 2015.

In another interesting development for the movement to unionize charter schools, the National Labor Relations Board ruled last week that Teach for America corps members should… 398 more words

Teach for America Seeks Help Promoting Itself on Capitol Hill

Teach for America (TFA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991 by Princeton graduate and noneducator, Wendy Kopp. TFA was granted nonprofit status in June 1993. 1,890 more words

High-stakes Testing

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig reblogged this on Cloaking Inequity and commented:

In 2013, I first blogged about TFA's DC lobbying/assistance/hegemony in the post Do you think TFA is a special interest?: “Get up, Stand Up” Check out the TFA salaries in this new post on Mercedes Schneider's EduBlog.