school leadership
Along with fostering relationships to know our alumni and community, we manage a few critical initiatives in the region. These three encompassing initiatives serve as key levers in our ability to effectively serve our children and communities.

School Leadership
Currently in Los Angeles, 57 Teach For America alumni serve as school leaders, leading 7 California Distinguished Schools over the past two years. 134 alumni serve in leadership roles in district or charter management. Our alumni reach over 700,000 of the city’s students each day. Nationally, over 750 alumni serve in school leadership roles, while over 175 alumni are school systems leaders. By 2015, we aim to have 1,300 Teach For America alumni leading their own schools and districts across the nation. They will be joined by thousands of alumni who continue to teach, coach, and serve in schools across the country.

In 2006, Teach For America launched the School Leadership Initiative with the goal of increasing the number of qualified alumni pursuing pathways to school leadership by fostering structured relationships with district, charter, and graduate school partners on both the national and regional levels. These partnerships offer ready access to teacher-leader, school management, and professional development opportunities for alumni looking to build school leadership skills.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Marlin Padilla, Director of Alumni Leadership & Engagement.

Teacher Leadership
While over 10,000 of our alumni nationwide have decided to teach in pursuit of “One day…,” Los Angeles alumni are over 500 of the teachers in the city. These committed leaders are working on the front lines of the fight to end educational inequity in their service to children and communities.

By 2015, the number of alumni in teaching will grow to over 11,000. The Teacher Leadership Initiative aims to help support the growing number of alumni teachers in their efforts by building partnerships that offer recognition for professional excellence, that provide the opportunity to impact education policy from the classroom, and that support them in improving their instructional practice.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Raul Hernandez, Director of Alumni Leadership & Engagement.

Through the Engagement initiative, our aim is to connect Teach For America alumni back to the organization and one another with meaningful opportunities to volunteer or donate, whether it's helping an incoming corps member with lesson planning, contributing to the corps member transitional fund, or working with one of our community partners on a service project. We're here to help you give back to the community. All you need to do is say the word and we’ll find something you like to do.

Check out current volunteer opportunities here, or for more information on this initiative, please contact Helen Hong, Associate of Alumni Leadership & Engagement.

Data last updated January 2014