Thirty-one Cornell graduates have joined the incoming Teach For America corps of 4,100 individuals this year, making Cornell the 12th-largest contributor of new teachers this year among colleges and universities of its size.
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.
Cornell has ranked among the top contributing colleges and universities for the past eight years.
This fall, 8,800 first- and second-year corps members will teach in high-need classrooms across 53 urban and rural regions across the country. In addition to the corps, Teach For America’s network of more than 42,000 alumni continue to work toward educational equity, with 86 percent working full-time in education or with low-income communities.
Teach For America receives funding from businesses, foundations, government organizations and individuals in the regions where corps members teach. It is a member of the national service network AmeriCorps.