In the process of completing my end-of-the-year survey for Teach for America, I came across the following question and wanted to share my answer:
“What are the two or three biggest lessons you’re taking away from your corps experience? These could be lessons about your students, yourself, the community where you work, the achievement gap (its causes, the most promising solutions, etc.), our schools and school system, education policy, Teach For America-specific lessons, or anything else–we’re interested in hearing whatever stands out to you as the most significant lessons from your corps experience.”
1. Closing the gap will require greater community investment and alignment between various stakeholders including families, school districts, politicians, and business leaders.
2. There are no silver bullets. To truly attain meaningful, enduring change, we’ll need multiple proven solutions that target different factors that contribute to the gap.
3. Poverty matters. Race matters. Early Childhood education and parenting matter. Don’t let anyone tell you everything different. We won’t authentically close the gap until we acknowledge these factors and develop effective interventions to attack these root causes of the achievement gap.
More on this to come…
To my fellow corps members, I ask: what are your major takeaways from your TFA experience? Please share your responses in the comments section.
To future corps members: what are you hoping to learn from your TFA experience?