Teach for America
Teach For America is a diverse network of leaders working to confront educational inequity through teaching and at every sector of society to create a country free from this injustice. Together, we are driving impact across the country to achieve our vision that one day all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
A Force For Change
Teach For America is a community of changemakers and coalition-builders. We are leaders who teach, teachers who lead.
We are committed to profound systemic change. As a collective force—educators, advocates, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and community members—we fight for the aspirations of students and their families. Together, we shape the conversation about what's possible. From classrooms to districts to statehouses across America, we’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Significant progress in educational outcomes is happening in communities across the country. And TFA alumni and corps members are playing an essential role.
Teach For America finds, develops, and supports a diverse network of leaders, working together to end educational inequity. Our alumni, corps members, and staff work in schools and in every sector and field that helps shape educational opportunity in America. The TFA community is bound by a set of Core Values and a shared commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness we envision for our country.
We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.
We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.
We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.
We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it’s hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.
Act with Humility
We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and actions.
We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.
We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness
Realizing educational equity and excellence will take a broad and diverse coalition of people united around a common purpose and shared values. The change effort must be shaped by those of us who are most directly impacted by educational inequity. And progress is only possible if each of us works effectively across lines of difference—with students, parents, partners, and each other—and if each of us understands and leverages the assets we bring to this work based on our identities and life experiences. In all we do, we act on the following beliefs:
Diversity is crucial for successful change efforts and is one of Teach For America’s greatest strengths.
The full potential of our diverse network will be reached only when we are an inclusive community.
The predictability of success or failure for our students or individuals in our organization should not correlate with any social, cultural or other identity-based factors.
With each purchase from this collection of Jes’ jewelry, a portion of the proceeds go to Teach for America.