Better Together: California Teachers Summit! July 31st!

With Better Together: California Teachers Summit just two weeks away, we have reached a major milestone: more than 13,000 teachers have signed up to participate in this unprecedented day of learning!

We’re also thrilled to announce our keynote speakers for the summit: Yvette Nicole Brown and Leland Melvin. Perhaps best known for her role on NBC’s Community, Yvette Nicole Brown is a champion of teachers and recently partnered with Stephen Colbert on an initiative to fund education projects in South Carolina. Leland Melvin, a football player turned NASA astronaut, truly exemplifies that the sky is the limit for students with a quality STEM education. He has served as the co-chair of the White House task force charged with developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan, as well as the International Space Education Board, a global collaboration on learning about space.

Excitement is building across the state for this first-of-its-kind summit, and the California Department of Education has signed on as an official co-sponsor. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson this week encouraged all California teachers to attend, saying “This event gives teachers a chance to grow professionally by allowing them to share their ideas, ingenuity, passion, and best practices.

Space is filling up quickly for this exciting event! If you haven’t already, register online today at If the site nearest to you has already sold out, we encourage you to register at another site nearby, or add your name to the waitlist to be the first to find out when spots open up at your local site.

Job Opportunities: July 2015!

Camino Nuevo is hiring multiple positions!
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) is a community of 8 high-performing public schools that utilizes a comprehensive approach to prepare students from preschool through high school for success in college and in life. They integrate academic rigor, community, family, and wellness to empower students to thrive in a culturally connected and changing world. Founded in 2000, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy students represent the neighborhood of MacArthur Park west of downtown Los Angeles, a community that is one of the most under-resourced and densely populated neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Currently, CNCA has eight campuses that serve over 3,000 students from pre-K through 12th grade. Click here to view their current openings.

Green Dot Public Schools - Growing and Hiring!
Green Dot Public Schools is the leading charter school operator in Los Angeles, one of the top three largest in the nation, and an important catalyst for education reform in the State of California. We are the only charter school operator in the country to lead the wholesale take-over and turn-around of a 3,000-plus student high school, and the U.S. Department of Education featured Green Dot as a national leader in school turnarounds. We currently have open teacher, school leader, and home office positions. Learn more and apply!

Additional Job Opportunities:

Parent Organizer, California Charter Schools Association
Academic Affairs Manager, College Track
Multiple Subjects Teacher, Endeavor College Prep
Single Subject Teacher, Endeavor College Prep

Teacher, KIPP Iluminar Academy
Multiple Positions, KIPP LA
Multiple Positions, LAUSD
Data and Assessment Coordinator, Para Los Ninos
Multiple Positions, St. Anne's

Job Hunting Tips:
Check this resource out, written by your Teach For America - Los Angeles Alumni Leadership & Engagement Team!

Looking for Job Opportunities Outside of Los Angeles?
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Join The Collective Los Angeles TODAY!

The Collective, Teach For America's National Alumni of Color Association, is founded on the belief that alumni of color play a unique role in helping students achieve educational equity. Now is a great time to get involved, as The Collective | Los Angeles is now 100% alumni-led!

There are currently opportunities for alumni to become involved and become a Leadership Board member for the upcoming school year. Please email Raul Hernandez, Director of Alumni Leadership, with any questions or to become part of The Collective Leadership Board.

In order to receive The Collective specific emails, please opt-in to The Collective's list serve here.

Volunteers Needed!

Schools That Can is a national nonprofit that unites leaders - across K-12 school sectors and along the education to employment pipeline - to share effective and innovative practices to advance student learning and grow school quality. They will be holding their 10th Annual National Forum at Loyola Marymount University's School of Education on May 18-19. STC seeks volunteers to help out the day-of and ensure that the conference runs smoothly. Volunteers may help with registration, setup, takedown, communications, or coordinating participants on planned visits to local schools and businesses. If you're interested in volunteering for all or part of the 2 days (May 18-19), email Casey Lamb.

Professional Development for High School Students!

Skillify is dedicated to enhancing the effectiveness of our education system by implementing curriculum on professional development at the high school and college levels. We introduce real world skills and successful professionals to students, and empower students to pursue internships and opportunities aimed at creating their own success. 

Skillify hosts day-long conferences consisting of interactive workshops where participants acquire crucial skills (everything from building a unique and relevant resume to making and nurturing connections) that complement the students' academics and provide them with a diversified skill set for the real world. Skillify also provides opportunities, like internships and mentorships. Our goal is to equip our students with the most relevant skills necessary to build successful careers, and to provide them with a competitive advantage.

  • - 100% of students say they found Skillify beneficial
  • - 100% of students say they would recommend Skillify to a friend 
  • - 85% of students acquire professional opportunities while in high school
  • - 130 high schools impacted

To get in touch with us, please call (650) 353 - 2465 or email We always welcome inspiration!!

Job Opportunities: May 2015!

 Green Dot Public Schools Seeks - Teachers and School Leaders!
Green Dot Public Schools is the leading charter school operator in Los Angeles, one of top three largest in the nation, and an important catalyst for education reform in the State of California. We currently employ more than 1,000 dedicated, mission-driven teachers, administrators and staff to serve more than 10,000 students. Our academic model is designed to create small, safe, high-performing learning environments that meet individual student needs. We are currently recruiting for a variety of current teaching and school leader positions to begin in summer 2015. For more information and to apply, click here.

Aspire Schools are looking for Administrators!
Aspire Public School is looking for 3 administrators for the upcoming school year. Please contact Siena Van Heusen directly to inquire more about the positions.

Ewing Marion Kauffman School hiring for 2015-2016 school year!
For our fifth year of operation, we are seeking experienced and innovative Lead Teachers who are especially invigorated by a new charter school environment. CWC teachers are expected to implement a high-quality, rigorous academic program that includes developing project-based, interdisciplinary units that lead students to demonstrate their understanding creatively and in a hands-on manner. We are looking for candidates who have elementary experience, particularly at the upper elementary grade levels, and who have a solid understanding of the academic, social and emotional development and needs of children at this level. Learn more and apply!

Additional Job Opportunities:

Recruitment Coordinator, KIPP LA
English Teacher, Los Angeles Academy Middle School
SPED, Los Angeles Academy Middle School
Physics Teacher, Archer School for Girls
Tutor, Algebra 1
CEO, PUENTE Learning Center

Job Hunting Tips:
Check this resource out, written by your Teach For America - Los Angeles Alumni Leadership & Engagement Team!

Looking for Job Opportunities Outside of Los Angeles?
Check out Teach For America's national Job Board!

2015 Alumni Giving Campaign!

Dear Alumni,

For 25 years, Teach For America – Los Angeles has committed to the vision that all children have an opportunity to attain an excellent education. We have recruited and developed hundreds of engaged leaders, who now work to achieve educational equity across various sectors.

For 25 years, Teach For America – Los Angeles has been on the forefront of the educational reform movement, working alongside partners in our schools and communities with the conviction that transformational change is possible.

For 25 years, OUR ALUMNI have catalyzed change in our students’ lives and in the communities where they work. Our alumni base is over 2,100 strong and impacting the Los Angeles landscape every day!

Now we turn to you. Help us support the future of Teach For America by ensuring our corps members have the necessary tools to succeed. As you all know, our corps members do incredible work, but they need the support of their fellow corps members and LA alumni to succeed!

Throughout the next few weeks, you will hear more about important initiatives that support our corps members and alumni. As you learn more, we ask that you consider a gift to Teach For America – Los Angeles. Your support, of any amount, will enable us to continue providing our children with a quality education in our 25th anniversary year and beyond.

Thank YOU, for your continued support and the important work you do for our students and communities.



Lida Jennings, EdD
Executive Director
Teach For America - Los Angeles

Job Opportunities: April 2015!

Endeavor Prep Seeks Multiple Subject and Single Subject Teachers
Endeavor College Prep is a kindergarten through eighth grade charter school serving children from the historically underserved neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, and surrounding eastside communities. We are looking for Multiple Subject credentialed teachers and a Single Subject Social Studies teacher. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Hanifa Farooq.

Buckley School is Hiring Teachers!
The Buckley School, a K-12 school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in Los Angeles.  Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm and nurturing educational environment. Click here to learn more about available positions.

Andre Agassi College Prep is Looking for Passionate, Dedicated Teachers and Administrators!
Andre Agassi is looking for administrators, and teachers for their elementary, middle and high school. At Agassi expects every student to excel- dreaming bigger and realizing his or her full potential in the field of their choice. This happens when teachers are passionate about teaching, are dedicated to students and promote educational excellence. Apply here!

Career Opportunities with Lawrence Public Schools
Lawrence Public Schools, an urban public school district just north of Boston, MA, is hiring for several positions for the 2015-2016 school year. There have been many exciting turnaround reforms taking place in Lawrence over the last three years, and I’d love to share information with TFA - Los Angeles alumni and corps members who are looking to move to the Boston area about how they can contribute to our work next school year. Find open position and apply here!

Additional Job Opportunities:

Resource Teacher, Gabriella Charter School
Multiple Subject Teacher, Endeavor College Prep
Single Subject Teacher, Endeavor College Prep
Principal, Melrose  Elementary School
Special Education Coordinator, California Charter Schools Association
High School Principal, KIPP Austin Collegiate High School

Director of External Relations and Events, SPARK
Director of the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund, California Community Foundation

Job Hunting Tips:
Check this resource out, written by your Teach For America - Los Angeles Alumni Leadership & Engagement Team!

Looking for Job Opportunities Outside of Los Angeles?
Check out Teach For America's national Job Board!


Downtown Inglewood's Savoy Entertainment Center was buzzing with reunion-esque excitement and camaraderie on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 for Teach For America - Los Angeles Alumni Leadership & Involvement team's second Story Slam. Over 175 LA alumni, district leaders, and family and friends, packed the house once more for a memorable evening spotlighting 9 alumni who slammed stories from the classroom and beyond. Chaleese Norman (LA '02) was MC for the evening while Rudy Acosta (NYC '03), Lauren Grimaldi (LA '11), Jesse Melgares (LA '06), Ashley Terada (LA '07), Kimberly Figueroa (LA '12), William Heuisler (LA '03), Tawny Laskar (ATL '00), and Eric DeSobe (LA ’01) delivered performances that inspired us, brought us together, caused us to reflect, made us laugh, and gave us hope. This year we were also joined by Hoang Pham (LA ’11) and his Fast Break Crew during intermission to ensure we kept our energy levels high! Thank you all for making Story Slam 2015 unforgettable. See you in 2016!

Stay tuned for additional pictures and videos!