Alumni Programs

Find opportunities for professional development and connect with the Greater Philadelphia alumni network.

 

  • Alum/CM Mentorships
  • The Collective
  • Community Education Cluster Initiative
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusiveness Series
  • Grow in Greater Philly
  • Open Classrooms Initiative
  • Radical Education Leaders Fellowship
  • Schools to Learn From—Greater Philadelphia
  • Teach Beyond 2 Initiative

About

Corps-Alumni-Buddy Program 

The Corps-Alumni-Buddy (CAB) Program is a pairing system between incoming corps members and Greater Philadelphia teacher alumni. CAB aims to help introduce the first-year corps members to TFA-Greater Philadelphia and our Philadelphia context, and build systems of support for both first and second-year corps members to sustain their teaching career. Alumni and first/second-year teachers will be matched based on a common interest survey and will have the chance to attend structured mentor events as well as having opportunities to connect more informally.

Collective Mentoring Program

The Collective Mentoring Program matches corps members and alumni of color, in order to build systems of support for first-year for corps members of color as they navigate the professional world of education. Alumni/Second Year Corps members and first-year teachers will be matched based on a common interest survey and will have the chance to attend structured mentor events as well as having opportunities to connect more informally.

School District of Philadelphia Mentoring Program

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) Mentoring Program partners first-year CMs with a second-year mentor as well as an alumni mentor who works or has worked in a School District of Philadelphia school.

Get Involved

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.

The Collective National Alumni of Color Association Logo

About

The Collective is Teach For America’s organization for alumni of color. We are grounded in the belief that alumni of color play a unique role in eliminating educational inequity, and that achieving educational equity is possible within our lifetime. 

The Collective is committed to continuous development of alumni of color as transformational leaders, thought partners and agents for change through opportunities for networking, partnership, community and collaboration.

Our vision is that through the exchange of ideas, resources and vision we will change the educational trajectory of children in low-income communities.

Get Involved

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.

About

The Community Education Clusters (CEC) Initiative works to maximize the connections between our 1400 corps members and alumni and the communities where they live. The initiative connects corps members and alumni to educational organizations and movements in their neighborhoods.

The CECs will convene TFA alum and corps members with ties to the same neighborhood and build a network to engage on education issues important to their communities. The CEC Initiative is led by one alumni neighborhood captain per cluster who works with a CEC Committee of other invested and engaged alumni and corps members.

Get Involved

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.

About

A series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness (DEI) for alumni of Teach For America, as they navigate these issues in their personal and professional lives.

Part one of the series partners with TFA alumnus, Dr. Jason Javier-Watson and Dr. Kelsey Jones (The Racial Empowerment Collaborative, University of Pennsylvania). Jason and Kelsey will facilitate four, 5-hour sessions in the fall to guide participants through an experience that teaches coping mechanisms for navigating racial stress and developing racial literacy. Participants will learn how to understand their emotions around issues of race in varied social contexts. 
 
Part two of the series will be facilitated by Ms. Erin Trent Johnson of Trent Johnson Advisors. The sessions will focus on leveraging skills learned in the first series that will equip participants to “notice, name and interrupt bias in their communities.” There will be four, 4-hour sessions in the winter/spring. The second series will focus on action and what can be done to improve our Philly education system.

Get Involved

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.

About

Grow in Greater Philly is TFA - Greater Philadelphia’s annual education summit, which takes place on February 11th, 2017.

The summit provide corps members, alumni, and others the opportunity to be sustained, developed, and connected through professional development, networking, and knowledge sharing. We will come together to highlight important work and questions related to education in the region. All alumni are invited to attend and take part in the event.

Get Involved

For more information about Grow in Greater Philly and how you can be a part, click here or email gpalumni@teachforamerica.org.

About

At Teach For America-Greater Philadelphia, we believe that one of the best ways to develop as a teacher is to view more experienced teachers in action and to self-reflect on their practice.

The Open Classrooms Initiative connects current corps members with alumni who wish to open up their classrooms for observations. Corps members visit alumni classrooms in order to glean ideas and see valuable skills modeled.

Get Involved

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.

About

The Radical Education Leaders Fellowship gives individuals the opportunity to work toward making their vision for radical and unique school models a reality.

Fellows participate in a cohort experience where they will:

  • Learn from radical educators and schools in the region
  • Reflect and develop on how to make their own radical school dreams a reality
  • Receive coaching and support from mentors and TFA staff

The Fellowship is divided into the following tracks:

Leading Classrooms: Aimed at harnessing the leadership impact of alumni teachers in Philadelphia to create positive change within their schools and to become stronger teacher-leaders. Fellows will participate in monthly experiences, including:

  • In-person group meetings
  • One-on-one coaching with mentors
  • Independent project work

Leading Schools: Gives participants an academic year to explore their leadership style, and direct their growth towards potentially leading a school one day. Fellows will:

  • Learn from various radical school leaders and movements in the region
  • Explore foundational principles of school leadership
  • Work with one another, TFA staff, and a mentor to continue to build their educational network and expertise

Leading Systems: This fellowship prepares participants to be transformational senior leaders at the school systems level. This Fellowship is ideal for alumni who are 3-5 years away from leading at the highest levels in districts and charter management organizations. Program components include

  • Monthly cohort sessions with guest speakers
  • Skill development on setting vision and strategy, professional excellence, and personal and interpersonal leadership
  • Mentoring from senior systems leaders in the region
  • Individualized development from coaching sessions with TFA staff

Get Involved

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.

About

Schools to Learn From – Greater Philadelphia gives educators in the region the opportunity to learn from two dynamic and innovative schools in the region. The ideal participants for this program are educators who want to continue to improve their school(s) and find ways to increase their connections to other great educators in the region.

Participants attend a two-day professional development and learning convening twice a year.

  • The first day involves visiting the innovative school, learning from staff and key stakeholders, and connecting with other educators in the region.
  • The second day involves professional development from the school staff and an opportunity for attendees to learn from others and to determine how to bring elements of what they saw back to their own school communities.

 

Get Involved

Apply to be a Schools to Learn From participant

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.

 

Upcoming School Visits

December 9th and 10th - Vare-Washington Elementary School 

Submit your application by November 16 to take part in this school visit.

  • Grades Served: K-8
  • Dimension of Excellence: Staff Culture and Adult Learning
  • School Leader: Zachary Duberstein
  • Website

The Vare-Washington School is a traditional neighborhood public school within the School District of Philadelphia located in South Philadelphia and serves grades K-8 with a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. The school is a merger of two schools, the Abigail Vare School and the George Washington School in the 2013-14 academic year. For the first time since the merger, Vare-Washington experienced significant positive student outcomes across every major metric (culture data, State and Local Assessments, etc.) by utilizing a new instructional block, launching a blended learning model and implementing a peer coaching program and methodology for delivering professional development. The staff is composed of veteran teachers with an average of 14 years of experience. Approximately 26% of the school is classified as English Language Learners, 19 percent of the student population has an IEP and 100 percent of the population is classified as economically disadvantaged. 

Highlights of this Dimension in Action:

  • +5.4% increase PSSA ELA/District Avg 0%
  • 9.1 Insight Score on Professional Development/Top Quartile Comparison 8.0
  • Co-Teaching and Blended Learning in Every Classroom 
  • Extensive Peer to Peer Coaching Program  
  • Text Study and Text Sets Implemented K-8
  • Emphasis on Real-Time Coaching 
  • Professional Development Focused on High Repetition Practice 

This school visit would be great for:

  • Teams interested in Peer Coaching 
  • Developing High Quality Professional Development 
  • Development of Text Sets and Text Study 
  • Management and Delegation of Leadership Team 
  • Team Teaching Strategies 
  • Implementation of Blended Learning 

 

March 10th and 11th - Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School

More information about the Cristo Rey visit will be shared this winter. 

About

The Teach Beyond 2 Initiative creates quarterly events to promote the concept of “teaching beyond two years” to first-, and especially second-year corps members. CMs will have the opportunity to attend programming including panels, career-guidance sessions, and education employment fairs. CMs also have the opportunity to seek advice from alumni in education to build a bridge between their corps member experience and a career in teaching, whether for the short- or long-term.

Get Involved

Contact gpalumni@teachforamerica.org for more information.