Teach for America program having success in area

By Katherine Miller

STAFF WRITER

CROWLEY – Teach for America, a program that the South Louisiana area has had much success with in past years, will place 115 new teachers in classrooms this fall.

According to officials, the program will almost triple the number of teachers it brought to the region last year.

Last year, Teach for America in south Louisiana brought 40 new teachers, who plan to return for the upcoming school year, which brings the total number under the program to 155, informed Sarah Young, development manager for Teach America South Louisiana.

John Bourque, Acadia Parish superintendent, stated that area schools have had great success through the program, and praises its outcome.

“We definitely welcome any teachers from this organization,” he added.

State Superintendent Paul Pastorek said of the program in a recent news release that it is “fuel to change the economy of South Louisiana.”

Teach for America was developed in 1990, with an ongoing mission to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. The vision is that one day, all children in the nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Under this program, recent college graduates and professionals are hired to teach for two years in low-income communities throughout the United States. Uncertified corps members also receive certification through coursework taken while completing the program.

Since its inception, 17,000 have participated, therefore impacting the lives of more than 2.5 million students. In a study published by the Urban Institute and the Calder Center in March 2008, it was found that “TFA teachers tend to have a positive effect on high school student test scores relative to non-TFA teachers, including those who are certified in-field. Such effects exceed the impact of additional years of experience and are particularly strong in math and science.”

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