Teach For America Establishes Presence in S.C.
May 4, 2011
Palmetto Institute, Teach For America, and Francis Marion University recently announced the expansion of the Teach For America program into South Carolina. Beginning this fall, 30 top college graduates and professionals will be deployed to schools within Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, and Florence Counties. Founded in 1991, Teach For America is an extremely competitive program that attracts some of the nation’s brightest college graduates to teach for a minimum of a two years in the nation’s toughest schools. Currently, Teach For America employs more than 8,300 teachers in high-need schools throughout the United States, with a focus on preparing recent college graduates for long-term employment as educators. More than 60% of Teach for America teachers continue to teach after fulfillment of their initial term, and 42% of the corps members remain in their original placement schools.
Recent research has confirmed that Teach For America students enjoy higher student achievement, despite living in some of our most distressed communities, and a more positive and enthusiastic learning environment. Teach For America is partnering with Francis Marion University to provide training and certification for the teachers, who are expected to offer education and guidance to approximately 2,000 South Carolinian elementary-through-high school students throughout the Pee Dee region. We are confident that the students and communities touched by Teach For America will improve our State’s student achievement gap.
For more information regarding Teach For America’s successes and policy, please consult www.teachforamerica.org, or contact Sue-Ann Gerald Shannon, Director of Research for Palmetto Institute, at email@example.com.