By fall 2014, Teach for America hopes to place 30 recent college graduates in Idaho classrooms.
These graduates — members of the Teach for America “corps,” in the private group’s parlance — will spend a week in the underserved communities where they will be teaching, then receive five weeks of intensive training in one of nine teaching academies nationwide. Then they will return to the communities to complete a two-year teaching assignment.
The process is compressed, but the concept isn’t new. Teach for America has been in existence since 1990. In 2012-13, more than 10,000 of its teachers worked in 36 states. But only on June 20 did Teach for America get approval from the State Board of Education, putting Idaho in the midst of the debate over the New York-based nonprofit group and its growing educational footprint.
For more, here is a link to my story at Idaho Education News.