NAATE and Teach for America (TFA) today announce a new partnership to support and develop TFA alumni who serve as classroom teachers through participation in the NAATE program. April 28, 2014
Starting in the Fall of 2014, TFA will support enrollment in the NAATE program to the annual recipients of the prestigious Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. These high performing teachers join other high caliber educators from across the country in the rigors of the NAATE program, developed especially to develop, leverage, and retain our nation's top-tier teachers for improved student and school performance through an intense, advanced program of study that balances the principles of instructional mastery and leadership.
TFA and NAATE believe that high quality teaching, with masterful educators in classrooms and school buildings across the country, is central to improving schooling in our nation and reaching the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap.
Tony Klemmer, Founder & President of NAATE, recognizes TFA’s commitment to growing the community of teacher leaders who are working to provide excellent educations to kids growing up in poverty. “These are extraordinary educators being recognized for their many contributions. We are thrilled to be supporting their development and welcoming them to the NAATE program as part of their leadership journeys. TFA and NAATE understand that recognizing and investing in high performing teachers pays off in myriad ways. Identifying, developing and properly deploying classroom teachers as instructional and peer leaders, improves student achievement, and ultimately retains the best and brightest educators in our nation's neediest schools.”
In the TFA Press Release announcing the winners and partnership with NAATE, Elisa Villanueva-Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America was quoted as saying “These exceptional educators are proving that all things are possible when we provide students with the opportunities, supports, and guidance to succeed. Each recipient has a truly unique classroom and community approach, reflective of the diversity of thought we see in all of our 32,000 alumni. I am proud and grateful that they continue to devote their time and talent to help create better futures for their kids.”
We are excited to welcome the eight recipients of this year's Award in the fall to Wilmington, DE, as part of our sixth Cohort of high performing teacher leaders.
To mark this occasion, Tony Klemmer and Shannon Wheatley, the Vice President of Teacher Leadership at Teach For America, have co-written an introduction to these eight teachers on the TFA blog, Pass The Chalk.
Please contact Nicky Piper at NAATE for further information.