Teach for All

Teach for All is transforming education for the world's most disadvantaged students by training and developing effective leaders. The model gives teachers a foundation for lifetime leadership and education advocacy at the local and policy levels. It also encourages the sharing of best practices among implementers, thus facilitating innovation.
2007United States of America

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Recognizing that effective leaders are key to resolving the global crisis of education inequity, Teach For All seeks to expand educational opportunities for the world's most disadvantaged students by increasing and accelerating the impact of social enterprises that are cultivating the leadership necessary for change. 

Teach For All has adopted a four-pronged strategy to effectively support its network of educators, schools administrators, and other education stakeholders across the globe. These four components demonstrate how the network's approach seeks to be particularly innovative, adaptable to a diversity of education landscapes, and sustainable given Teach For All's extensive network of resources.

  1. Providing Direct Support | Teach For All identifies insights and effective practices from across the network and advises partners in applying them to their individual contexts. 
  2. Facilitating Connections Through international conferences, site visits, peer learning groups, one-on-one coaching, and online tools, Teach For All enables teachers, alumni, and staff of network partner organizations to connect with and learn from one another. 
  3. Accessing Global Resources Teach For All uses its global reach to access external knowledge, as well as resources for the network in areas such as technology, fundraising, and public relations.
  4. Leadership Development | Teach For All contributes to the leadership development of partner staff, participants, and alumni by leveraging our global scope to provide professional development and experiential learning opportunities. 

Innovation By recording learnings from each network partner organization, Teach For All continues to improve itself as an incubator and catalyst of growth in the global education sector. These diverse learnings facilitate innovation by allowing partners to develop new and better solutions that can be applied to a variety of education landscapes. Outside of schools, Teach For All brings the importance of innovation to the forefront of national policy and debate by providing governments with resources on how to best incorporate innovation into national education systems.

Adaptability To date, the Teach For All program has expanded its reach from 2 to more than 35 different countries. Its model is very much adaptive to the specific context in which it is implemented, but what is central to each program is investing in leadership development. The program considers teachers to be the leaders in their classrooms and communities, and trains them as such - encouraging  participants to set ambitious goals for themselves and their students, to track students' progress towards these goals, and to inspire their families and communities at large to take an active role in the education process. 

Sustainability In addition to teacher training, Teach For All works informally with participating students, parents, and school staff both in and out of the classroom. Through direct programming, these interactions allow Teach for All to develop deep connections with the communities they work with. For example, Teach for India holds regular inspirED Conferences that bring together local, national, and global leaders to engage in a national discussion on education equity issues. In addition, Teach For All hosts an annual global conference in which partners, education leaders, and broader stakeholders discuss education challenges with a particular emphasis on the state of education in the unique context of each year's host country.

Public & Private Sector Support | Governmental and private sector support are critical for Teach For All network organizations to launch and scale thriving and sustainable efforts for educational equity within their nations. Teach For All actively supports country programs to forge partnerships such as: funding partnerships with governments to subsidize the salaries of teachers placed by Teach For All country programs; recruitment partnerships with national universities to identify the strongest candidates and to work with local school administrators to place them in the neediest classrooms; employer partnerships with leading companies and organizations that value the leadership skills and experience that distinguish the teachers and alumni of Teach For All organizations and enable country programs to effect long-term change from across professions; funding partnerships with financial and in-kind supporters that provide the resources and advocacy necessary to implement the approach.

Measures of Impact | Teach For All regularly evaluates the impact it has both as an organization and as a network of independent social enterprises. As an organization, Teach For All quarterly reviews its 2016 Strategic Plan, which identifies three priorities: to grow the network to approximately 40 partners by 2016, significantly increase the impact of these partners, and build the strength and sustainability of the network and organization. As a network, Teach For All measures the impact of each partner through “Network Impact Indicators” (NIIs), which reflect common measures of success along the network's four shared dimensions of impact: scale, participant (teacher) impact and learning, alumni leadership, and organizational strength. NIIs are intended to foster constant learning and continuous improvement by identifying areas of strengths and growth across the network. In parallel, Teach For All and its network partners are committed to rigorous independent evaluation to gauge progress and promote continuous improvement. These evaluation efforts analyze programs’ immediate impact on students and their long-term impact on the leadership of alumni.

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