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Teach For America: You can help eliminate educational inequity by Christy R

Teach for America: You can help eliminate educational inequity

Calling “individuals from all backgrounds, majors, and professional experiences who have what it takes to excel as teachers and improve the quality of education for children growing up in low-income communities.”

What is educational inequity? Teach for America describes it as “the reality that where a child is born determines the quality of his or her education and life prospects.”

The statistics given speak for themselves:

  • By the time they reach fourth grade, children living in low-income communities are already two to three grades behind their higher-income peers.
  • Just half of students in low-income communities will graduate high school by age 18. Those who do graduate will perform on average at an eighth-grade level.
  • Overall, only 1 in 10 students growing up in poverty will graduate from college.

Teach For America is breaking the cycle of educational inequity by targeting 39 specific urban and rural regions and sending well-trained teachers in to help students perform excellently at high levels. These corps members make a two-year commitment to go above and beyond traditional expectations for teachers, in order to help their students succeed.

So what does this have to do with you? You can become one of these corps members. No matter what your degree, you can use your talents and energy to help provide solid education to otherwise under-privileged children.

Application deadlines are coming up Wednesday, October 27, 2010; December 17, 2010; and February 4, 2011. Pick any deadline to apply for 2011.

For more information on this opportunity and to find out how to apply, visit www.teachforamerica.org.


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