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TEACH FOR AMERICA EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA TFA ENC

Preparing teachers in rural Eastern North Carolina to provide excellent educational opportunities to students with learning difference

Teach For America’s Eastern North Carolina region’s (TFA-ENC) main activities include recruiting, supporting and mobilizing promising leaders, called corps members, into the education equity movement. It is incorporating a training module on learning differences it developed for special education teachers into its training for all corps members and sharing this new resource with TFA regions throughout the United States.

“Teach For America has been a valuable partner for Sampson County Schools, serving as a critical source for high-quality teachers who exhibit enthusiasm and passion in their classrooms. I consistently hear wonderful feedback from principals and parents about our TFA teachers and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

– Dr. Eric Bracy, Superintendent of Sampson County Schools,
a placement school district for Teach For America teachers

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • By fourth grade, children growing up in low-income households are 1.5 years behind higher-income peers in reading and math. By eight grade they are nearly 3 years behind.

  • TFA teachers in North Carolina have a statistically significant positive impact on learning in all middle grade subjects (math, reading, and 8th grade science) and high school math, science, and social studies.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1. Strengthen teacher capacity

5. Build demand

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- 1 in 5

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Iris Howorth Holt
Position: Manager, Grantwriting

Email: Iris.holt@teachforamerica.org

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

In 2016, for the first time in our history, we trained our corps members locally in Eastern North Carolina through the ENC Residency program. ENC Residency provides incoming corps members with a comprehensive understanding of our local students’ struggles inside and outside of the classroom, providing our corps members with a deeper sense of the root causes of educational inequity.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

The most interesting challenge we face is not being able to fill all of the teacher vacancies that arise in Eastern North Carolina. This August, after all 200 of our corps members were placed, there were still 243 teaching vacancies in the 13 school districts we partner with, just two weeks before school started. We have learned that bringing in effective teachers is not enough to fulfill the need in Eastern North Carolina, so we work to strengthen the impact of our alumni beyond their two years in the classroom.

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

Founded in 1990, Teach For America’s Eastern North Carolina region (TFA-ENC) brings a network of more than 200 corps members to more than 11,000 economically-disadvantaged students. There are 53 Teach For America regions across the country, with Eastern North Carolina existing as one of the oldest regions as well as one of the largest rural regions. It currently works with 13 school districts and three mission-aligned charter school partners in some of the most distressed areas in the state, and is developing teachers and educational leaders dedicated to expanding educational opportunities for all children. In a study in the peer-reviewed Journal of Teacher Education, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill identified Teach For America as the most effective teacher preparation program in North Carolina based on the performance of students taught by teachers with fewer than five years of experience.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, TFA-ENC will work to benefit an even greater number of students with learning differences with its acclaimed “Reaching All Learners” initiative. Oak Foundation’s first grant to TFA-ENC in 2011 funded the development of a TFA corps member training on understanding, recognizing and supporting students with learning differences. That training, called “Reaching All Learners,” was provided to special education teachers and others who expressed a specific interest in learning differences. Its current grant is funding TFA-ENC to incorporate its “Reaching All Learners” training into the professional development of all TFA-ENC corps members and alumni. TFA-ENC will also share its learning differences-informed training and resources with the TFA network across the United States.

 

 

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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