McKinstry Innovation Center

Innovating in Education:

Teach For America

Lindsay Hill
Executive Director

"We're delighted to work in partnership with the Seattle community to help ensure that all of our children receive an excellent education."

- Lindsay Hill,
Executive Director, Seattle-Tacoma

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Working to eliminate educational inequality and ensure that all children have access to an excellent education is the mission of Teach For America, a national corps of educators made up of college graduates who commit at least two years of their lives to teach and affect change in under-served urban and rural schools. Teach For America provides intensive training, support and career development to educational leaders so they can use their knowledge to close the achievement gap.

The organization develops leaders by:

  • Recruiting committed recent college graduates of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools
  • Training and developing these corps members so that they have an immediate positive impact on their students
  • Fostering the leadership of our alumni as they address this problem from all sectors

Since 1990, nearly 33,000 leaders have joined Teach For America to help move us closer to that vision. As corps members and alumni, they have reached more than 3 million students across 43 urban and rural communities, founded dozens of high-performing schools, boldly led school districts and charter management organizations, and helped pass groundbreaking education legislation.