Teach for America - Developing the "leaders" to close the achievement gap, but instead feels disorganized, disconnected, and disconnected. | Glassdoor
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"Developing the "leaders" to close the achievement gap, but instead feels disorganized, disconnected, and disconnected."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Where there has been the introduction of great teachers into the profession and great leaders of schools and systems who would otherwise not have considered education, that's a benefit to the students in high needs communities who might not otherwise have access to that talent.

Cons

Incestuous. Lacks understanding about developing SMART goals. At the regional level puts leaders in place who may be smart, but who are not managers and then fails to develop them. Insular -- actions demonstrate that non-alumni have little value internally or externally.

Advice to Management

Learn to manage, develop your managers, recognize that you do not know everything and that others might have valuable insight.

Other Employee Reviews for Teach for America

  1. "Impossible to train teachers so quickly."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you make it through, you'll grow professionally, personally, and you will truly understand what it means to go forth with a vision to accomplish the things that you want.

    Cons

    Soul draining, emotionally and physically taxing, and unforgiving. Make sure you develop a strong support network, otherwise you won't make it through.


  2. "Life Changing"

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    Current Employee - Corps Member - Charter School in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Corps Member - Charter School in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teach for America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Life Changing: You will really have the opportunity to be invited into a community and the lives of the people who live there and make a great impact.
    Salary/Benefits: The compensation is no more or less than what other teachers in the region make. Corps members are, however, given additional funds for education or loan repayment.
    Professional Development: I've grown leaps and bounds in professionalism which is awesome for someone who's not very far removed from college.
    Placement: It's an opportunity to move to somewhere else that you may never have otherwise and broaden your horizons.

    Cons

    It can be very difficult in the beginning to adjust to being a teacher with no prior experience but there's always someone visiting your classroom to support your growth.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing a great job of taking the corps members' feedback and using it to improve the corps experience.

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