Teach For America South Carolina

We exist to see the day when all South Carolina students are given the excellent education they deserve.

Mission: Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.


Looking Ahead to a New Corps | Teach For America

Facing a school year unlike any other, Teach For America is accelerating our work to reimagine corps member training. Here's what we're doing to reconstruct our training and development for this moment and beyond.

teachforamerica.org With schools closed because of the coronavirus, Teach For America's summer training institute is moving online and will be held virtually for the first time.

Throwback Thursday!

We had a wonderful time at dinner last night with our community guests! A special thank you to Ms. Rechel Anderson of Palmetto Middle School, Mr. Craig Washington of Southside Middle School, Mrs. Darnell McPherson of SC First Steps to School Readiness in Darlington County and Mrs. Kristi Anderson of New Tech in Lake City.

[05/28/20]   ‪Join us on IG Live today at noon! We’re catching up with another alumni. Today we’re chatting with Charleston councilman Karl Brady (‘06). #QuarantineCheckin ‬

Welcome to alumnihood, 2018 corps!

This is Whitney Williams, our managing director of Institute strategy. Join us on IG Live tomorrow for a brand new series! This crisis has profound impact on our students and families. Now more than ever, we are fully and relentlessly focused on showing up for kids to ensure they are getting the education they need to succeed long term. Our new IG Live series “Quarantine Check-in” will be short conversations with teachers, school leaders, partners and other alumni who are working on the frontlines of #covid19. Drop in during your lunch break tomorrow for this 10-minute episode premiere at noon. We’re chatting with alumni Matthew Delfino, chief medical officer ReGenesis Health Care, and alumni Brandy Garrett, a Greenville County Schools 6th and 7th grade teacher.

We caught up with Nate Robinson, a 2019 CM. His scholars, their parents and his school are on his mind. “We all just need to work together to give our scholars what’s best for them.” #Love4Teachers

Quarantine Check-in: Mr. Hammer

We caught up with Sam Hammer, a 2018 CM, to see how he's doing. Here's some wisdom he's picked up since being quarantined. #Love4Teachers

[05/05/20]   We caught up with Sam Hammer, a 2018 CM, to see how he's doing. Here's some wisdom he's picked up since being quarantined. #Love4Teachers

Our partner Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation is joining us this week by honoring teachers throughout SC for Teacher Appreciation Week. Want to find out how you or your business can partner with Teach For America South Carolina? Message us today.#Love4Teachers

"This school year has presented challenges unlike any we have seen. In the midst of this crisis, our teachers have stepped up, doing their best to make sure our children don’t miss a beat. As the daughter of an educator, who devoted 40 years of her life to the students she loved, I am grateful for the service and sacrifice of our teachers, and I want to thank them for making sure that young people across the country continue to achieve their dreams.” - CEO, Lou Kennedy, Nephron Pharmaceuticals


Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 | Teach For America

Did we mention it's #TeacherAppreciatonWeek? Let us help you show love for all teachers this week with these resources.

teachforamerica.org Printables and social media templates to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week and show gratitude to educators

[05/04/20]   Happy #TeacherAppreciationWeek to every South Carolinian who delivered a computer, spent extra time with a parent, stayed up late to prepare a lesson, encouraged a student or anything that went above and beyond. These are hard times and we thank you for your commitment! #Love4Teachers


Closing the Financial Literacy Gap | Teach For America

Personal finance education may be more important than ever. But not everyone has access to it—especially those who need it most.

teachforamerica.org Personal finance education may be more important than ever. But not everyone has access to it—especially those who need it most.


Healthcare Workers Fighting the Pandemic on All Fronts | Teach For America

Meet some of the Teach For America alumni who are modeling outcomes, treating patients, and protecting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

teachforamerica.org These Teach For America alumni are among the many doctors, nurses, healthcare consultants, and public-health officials working to contain the coronavirus outbreak..


SC governor, education superintendent to make announcement about schools

greenvilleonline.com An announcement on whether schools in South Carolina will remain closed is to come at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

We caught up with Katherine Edmondson, a 2019 CM, to see how everything is going. Here’s what her community did for their kids!

South Carolina Department of Education

The SCDE has released additional guidance to schools and districts that provides recommendations on the amount of daily instructional time students should receive by grade level. These recommendations take into account differences in how districts are able to deliver remote instruction and the need for parents to focus on the social, emotional, and physical well-being of children during #COVID19 school closures. Our guidance also covers the introduction of new material and the priority given to addressing essential standards.

We hope that this information underlines the common sense approach that students, parents, and educators must use to stay safe and engaged during this unprecedented time.

Read the full guidance ⬇️


Teach For America

ICYMI: Brittany Packnett Cunningham (Black Lives Matter organizer, MSNBC contributor, Pod Save the People co-host) shared tips on how to use your platforms to optimize your voice and promote equity for marginalized communities at one of our recent PopClass sessions. https://bit.ly/3e1XGUv


What you need to know about SC's coronavirus stay-at-home order

Please take note and stay safe everyone. We'll get through this together.

postandcourier.com The order issued by Gov. Henry McMaster does not prevent people from going to work or driving to buy groceries, but violators face a fine and jail time for unnecessary

Congrats to SC Teacher of the Year Chanda Jefferson for being recognized as one of the state's 20 under 40 honorees. Well deserved! We were lucky to have you as our fall conference keynote speaker.


Leading With Compassion in the Time of Coronavirus | Teach For America

Teachers and school leaders across the Teach For America network are doing what they do best in this time of social distancing: supporting students with hope and purpose.

teachforamerica.org Teachers and school leaders across the Teach For America network are doing what they do best in this time of social distancing: supporting students with hope and purpose.


Principals Without a Playbook: Leadership Amid the Pandemic | Teach For America

How school leaders are working to support their students and teachers and keep learning going while schools are closed because of the coronavirus.

teachforamerica.org As COVID-19 continues to force school closures across the country, school leaders are scrambling to make sure their students and teachers are supported during this time.

SCDE E-Learning Resources - Google Drive

“Educators at the South Carolina Department of Education have developed remote learning resources that can be used by teachers across all grade levels.

The links and resources included were both developed internally and vetted from outside sources for use by school districts as instructional resources. Resources will continue to be added as they are developed and vetted.”


Orangeburg County School District

An Introduction to the Corps • Teach for America


Working to Shatter Education's Glass Ceiling | Teach For America

It's Women's History Month!

"The vast majority of U.S. teachers are women, but fewer than a third of district superintendents are women. What created a gender gap in such a female-driven profession?"

teachforamerica.org Teaching is one of the most female-dominated professions, with 76 percent of all K-12 teachers in the U.S. identifying as women. So why do women only make up 31 percent of district superintendents?

Follow along with us as corps member Katie B. takes over the AmeriCorps SC social accounts this week. Learn all about the work we do in South Carolina!

Hi everyone! My name is Katie Bradbury and I am a second-year AmeriCorps Member with Teach for America! I currently teach Algebra 1 at Darlington High School in Darlington, SC. Originally hailing from Denver, CO, I graduated from Oklahoma State University with a business degree. I am inspired every day by the students in my classroom. They are tough, bright, and full of energy! The best part about teaching is building deep, meaningful relationships with students. With my background, I try to incorporate the application of Algebra as much as I can because students need to see that math is extremely important in life to budget, pay bills, and make educated predictions. #americorpssc #abetteryou #agreaterus #igtakeover #teachforamerica

Our SC teachers are celebrating Black History Month with these classroom door decorations. We’re inspired!

We are excited to welcome Columbia's Sam Johnson and Greenville's Paul Bopp to our South Carolina advisory board!

*bios in comments*

In 1881, Spelman College was established as the first college for black women in the U.S. by Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles. #icelebrate #blackhistorymonth #TeachForAmerica

Almost 100 years before the Department of Education was established, Benjamin Banneker led the charge for African Americans in education. He wrote and distributed critically-acclaimed almanacs (Farmers Almanac & PA,DE,MD,VA Almanac, Ephemeris Almanac) proposing the idea that a US secretary be appointed with the power "to establish and maintain free schools in every city, village, and township in the United States. #icelebrate #blackhistorymonth #TFA


Q&A with Bakari Sellers — Teach For America South Carolina

Meet our Spring Conference keynote speaker Bakari Sellers through this fun Q&A. #TeachLikeAChangeMaker

blog.tfasc.org Who was your favorite teacher and why? Ms. Carter, 3rd grade teacher. She was the person who helped identify that I was a gifted student and someone who could change the world.


Greenville desegregation: Academic achievement gap slowly closing, but inequities persist

Thanks for including our thoughts on the "opportunity gap,"
The Greenville News. We believe an “opportunity gap” draws attention to the conditions and obstacles that young students face throughout their educational careers.

greenvilleonline.com Experts say the achievement gap has less to do with race than socioeconomic status, and they say help must reach beyond the classroom.

In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent federal troops to ensure the integration of the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. The Little Rock Nine were the first black students to attend the school, escorted by the National Guard and surrounded by angry mobs. They held their heads high, and maintained composure during this pivotal event in African American History. #icelebrate #blackhistorymonth #TFA


LOOK HERE: Schools, districts adjust schedules Thursday because of severe weather threat

SC, there is a severe weather alert. Be safe and check to see if your school district has any schedule updates.

live5news.com Dorchester County District Four schools will dismiss early because of the threat of severe weather on Thursday.

The bravery of Ruby Bridges and her family made her the 1st child to desegrate an all-white elementary school in 1960. #icelebrate #blackhistorymonth #TFA

In the 1954 landmark case, Brown v. Board of Education the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. #icelebrate #blackhistorymonth #TFA

How Change Happens

Teach For America is a collective force of educators and leaders who are expanding opportunity for all children. We are committed to creating an education system that lets every child reach their potential. But where do we start?

We start when a new teacher walks into a classroom. Let’s say that teacher is you. You are anxious. This may be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

But you know this: Education is perhaps the greatest purpose there is, because everything else—opportunity, progress, freedom—begins with education.

You know that every child in that classroom is going to come to you with different needs and gifts and obstacles. And whether you teach 10 or 30 or 120 children, it’s your job to do right by all of your students, every single day, for two full years.

And as you move through those years, you’re learning from your peers and listening to parents. Celebrating milestones. Mourning tragedies. It’s Quinceañeras and Sweet 16s, chorus, after-school sports, and student council elections.

And, with hard work, your students are succeeding academically. They’re developing as learners, leaders, and advocates for themselves in pursuit of their goals.

And at the end of two years you are also very, very different.

Now, you’re wondering how you can continue to make an impact on your students’ lives. You keep teaching, get a graduate degree, take on a role in the administration of your school. You serve on the school board, for the district, then for the state. And your impact grows because you keep drawing on what you learned in that first classroom.

Fast forward over several decades. Look around at the community you became a part of.

Some of you are educators, innovators, state chiefs of education, reimagining schools and school systems to deliver educational excellence for all kids.

Some of you are culture-makers. Leaders in local, state, and federal government, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals who vote, advocate, and organize for more equitable policies.

You form a network that collectively touches every dimension of the educational experience of children in your community and across this country.

We’re not just making a two-year bet. We’re making a lifetime bet on our corps members, on the alumni they become, on the world they’re shaping.

Dr. King once said, “The arc in the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Our work is to find, develop, and support people who are ready to bend that arc of the moral universe alongside their students.

It starts with a leader who walks into a classroom, bears witness to the potential of all children, and becomes their advocate for life.

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635 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC

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We recruit outstanding recent college graduates, graduate students, and career changers who commit to teach at least two years in South Carolina high-need and rural areas and become lifelong leaders in pursuing educational excellence. As alumni, they are a powerful force of leaders who act on the conviction and insight they gain from their teaching experience, working in education and all other sectors to effect the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life.
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