Behind the Headline: Teach for America Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Washington Event

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Teach for America Celebrates 25th Anniversary at Washington Event
Washington Post | 2/7/16

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Teach for America celebrated its 25th anniversary with a conference in Washington, D.C. attended by thousands of alumni of the program.  Among the speakers at the event were acting U.S. education secretary John King, former New York City schools chief Joel Klein, D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and her predecessor Michelle Rhee, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and a frequent TFA critic, notes Emma Brown in the Washington Post.

President Obama taped a video message to the group that was played at the event.


June Kronholz wrote about the past, present, and future of Teach for America for EdNext in 2013, when Wendy Kopp was just handing over the reins to Teach for America to new co-chief executives Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matt Kramer.

EdNext also published a study that looked at the overrepresentation of Teach for America alumni among the leadership of entrepreneurial education organizations.

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3 Reactions to Our Teacher Prep Reports

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Our report, which finds that we don’t actually know very much about how to prepare teachers or help them improve, has generated a lot of feedback.

The Educational Freedom Legacy of Andrew Coulson

Early yesterday morning, after a fifteen month battle with brain cancer, Senior Fellow in Education Policy Andrew Coulson passed away. He is survived by his beloved wife Kay. Andrew was 48 years old.

Teach for America Recognizes Teachers Need Portable Benefits

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Teach for America celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. An increasing number of alumni are staying in the classroom, and the organization has adopted new policies to recognize this.

Behind the Headline: Nation’s Charter Schools Aren’t Growing As Fast As Once Thought

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Charter schools now enroll 2.9 million students, up 9% from last year, according to a new report from the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools described in the Washington Post.

How Should We Spend $4 Billion on Computer Science Education?

This week, President Obama announced that he would call for a $4 billion dollar commitment in his 2017 budget to bring computer science education to K-12 schools nationwide.

Behind the Headline: A Radically Sensible Proposal for Training Teachers

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On the 74, Matt Barnum writes about a new report arguing for a very different way of training teachers: “instead of raising the bar for those who enter teaching, we should actually lower it, while at the same time, making it tougher to remain in the classroom.”

Can We Predict Who Will Be a Great Teacher? An Interview with Allison Atteberry

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How much do we know about a teacher before they enter the classroom? What about after they’ve been teaching a few years? Is any of this information strong enough to act on?

Star Wars and Education Reform

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In both the movie and the school reform world, advocates of modernity can be snootily proud of their creations and dismissive of the tools of older generations.

Behind the Headline: ‘Micro Schools’ Could Be New Competition for Private K-12

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In the new issue of Ed Week Arriana Prothero writes about the rise of micro-schools, “tiny schools—sometimes with as few as half a dozen students—that put a heavy emphasis on technology and pushing instructional boundaries in a mash-up of lab schools and home school co-ops.”

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