30 Aug 2021
Teach For America Rhode Island
Children – regardless of race, income, or social identity – must have equal opportunity to learn, lead, and thrive. Too many children living in marginalized communities in America are denied access to an excellent education. Teach for America (TFA) Rhode Island’s critical work is designed to ensure education equity and that children in the Ocean State have an opportunity to learn, grow, succeed and reach their dreams.
“For too long, Rhode Island’s students, especially children growing up in low-income communities, have not had equal access to excellent education. This needs to change,” said Michael Broschart, executive director, TFA Rhode Island. “Our focus is to increase our efforts to transform education in Rhode Island.”
For more than a decade, TFA Rhode Island has been a source of transformative leaders in the Ocean State who serve as advocates for fundamental change in education. Now, with investment by the Papitto Opportunity Connection, TFA will bring four dozen educational leaders of color, including principals, assistant principals, and district leaders to Providence Public Schools over a four year period to ensure children learn from people that look just like them.
Equal Educational Opportunities
“We have an obligation to all children to provide them equal educational opportunities,” said Junior Jabbie, a member of the POC advisory board. “The work Teach For America is doing here in Rhode Island is critical to the development of our youth.”
TFA Rhode Island is the state’s largest and most diverse provider of teachers to schools serving students who are living in low-income communities, and aims to cultivate leaders who are culturally and locally responsive.
Committed to recruiting teachers who reflect the identities of its classrooms, TRA Rhode Island is the largest pipeline of teachers of color in the state, with 50 percent of the 2019 corps identifying as an individual of color.
“Recruiting and supporting a growing group of exceptional, diverse, BIPOC leaders to educate our children in Rhode Island is at the forefront of our efforts,” said Broschart.
During the last school year, nearly 30 TFA Rhode Island educators led Providence Public Schools classrooms. Almost half of these teachers identify as having grown up in low-income communities themselves, and a quarter were the first in their family to attend college.
Today, with an alumni community that has grown from 40 to over 250 in Rhode Island, local TFA Island alumni make up a community of teachers, school and systems leaders, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, organizers, and public officials who are pursuing change from many angles, unified in their commitment to equity for all children. Among them are Rhode Island’s commissioner of education, and 39 school and school systems leaders across the state, including Providence Public School’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.
“We are inspiring and recruiting talented and diverse leaders to relocate to Rhode Island and fill critical roles that impact our local education system,” said Broschart.