Brief Program Summary: Teach For America finds, develops, and supports equity-oriented
leaders so they can transform education and expand opportunity with children, starting in the
classroom. Teach For America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders to become TFA “corps
members.” Corps members commit to teaching for two years in a low-income community, where
they are employed by local schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding
opportunities with kids. After two years, they become part of the TFA alumni network. Informed
and inspired by their students, many alumni continue teaching; others pursue leadership roles in
schools and school systems or launch careers in other fields that shape educational access,
opportunity and equity. A large, diverse, and growing number of Indiana teachers, principals,
school superintendents, and education policy leaders began their careers in education with Teach
Success Metrics: • Research shows that the number of Teach For America corps members working within a school
is associated with increased student learning growth.
• Students of color benefit greatly from having teachers of color. Over 40% of Teach For America
corps members are people of color, making TFA a key resource for increasing the racial diversity
of talent teaching in schools and leading systems across the city.
• Teach For America Indianapolis corps members are working in high-need subjects like STEM,
English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education.
• 75% of Teach For America Indy alumni are working locally in the field of education whereas 15%
of incoming TFA corps members envisioned working in education beyond the two-year teaching
commitment. Nearly 350 Teach For America Indianapolis corps members and alumni are current
teachers, 22 are school principals (leading nearly 20% of public schools in Center Township), 48
are mid-level school leaders, and 9 are senior school network leaders (e.g. superintendent of
school system or network).