Teach for America - Recruitment and Admissions Overview
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Working in partnership with communities, Teach For America recruits, trains, and supports talented and diverse individuals from all backgrounds who commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. This year, more than 9,000 first and second year Teach For America corps members are teaching in low-income communities across 43 urban and rural regions nationwide, including some
Teach For America recruits top recent college graduates and professional of all academic majors and backgrounds. We select individuals who demonstrate the characteristics that we have seen in our most effective teachers over time, including outstanding achievement, perseverance and leadership. Additionally, we work to recruit people who share the racial and socioeconomic backgrounds of the students we serve.
Teach For America is in the process of selecting its 2012 teacher corps from a record applicant pool of more than 48,000.
In the organization’s 2011 corps of 5,100 teachers, 34 percent are people of color, 31 percent received Pell Grants, 22 percent were the first in their family to attend college, and 23 percent were graduate students or professionals before joining Teach For America.