Teach for America applications

9 Sep

Jenna McAteer,  Loyola’s TFA liaison, sends along this message:

My name is Jenna McAteer and I am a fellow senior here at Loyola. This year, I am also serving as a Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach For America. I just wanted to take a quick minute to reach out to you all via email, as our 2nd application deadline is quickly approaching this Friday, September 13th.

Here are some statistics surrounding educational inequity in that you may find interesting:

  •  By age three, children of professionals have vocabularies that are nearly 50 percent greater than those of working class children, and twice as large as those of children whose families are on welfare.
  •  By the end of fourth grade, African American, Latino, and poor students of all races are two years behind their wealthier, predominantly white peers in reading and math. By eighth grade, they have slipped three years behind, and by twelfth grade, four years behind.

Educational opportunities should not be determined by your family’s income, ethnicity, or the neighborhood in which you live.  That’s why Teach For America is developing a movement of leaders who will help drive change at every level of our education system toward the goal of eliminating educational inequity. These leaders start their paths as corps members who teach for two years in urban and rural high-need communities and help students make the academic progress that expands their opportunities. Deeply affected by their teaching experience, our alumni continue to advocate for students and build lasting change in many different roles and fields.

Are you ready for the challenge?  Apply to the 2014 Teach For America corps.

If you have any questions or would like to meet informally to speak about anything Teach For America, please do not hesitate to contact me at jlmcateer@loyola.edu. Also, for more TFA at Loyola information, please “like” our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LoyoldMDTFA and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/LoyolaMD_TFA

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