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UMSL Hosts the Teach For America St. Louis Summer Experience

Chancellor Thomas George welcomed the 2014 Teach for America cohort at the Kick-Off Dinner held in the TLC on May 28, 2014.  The UMSL College of Education, Teach For America and St. Louis Public Schools have formed a unique partnership forged on providing an excellent education for each child in St. Louis.

Teach For America is a nonprofit organization that recruits top college graduates and career-changing professionals to teach in high-need classrooms in public schools serving students from low-income backgrounds. During the 2014 - 2015 school year, Teach For America’s thirteenth year in St. Louis, nearly 150 corps members will work in nearly 65 schools in Metro St. Louis City. More than 400 Teach For America alumni live and work in the region and continue to impact local communities, nearly two-thirds of them are still in education.

“Teach for America brings new educator talent to St. Louis,” said Carole Basile, Dean of the UMSL College of Education. “We are proud to work with TFA in new and innovative ways to prepare educators that hold students to high expectations and are ready to support immediate growth and success.”

As part of the St. Louis Summer Experience, Teach For America teachers will provide instruction in the core academic subjects as part of an intensive training program focused on achieving instructional effectiveness in high-need schools and subject areas. 

During the St. Louis Summer Experience, many of the incoming corps members will live on the campus of UMSL, learning about and investing in the city, and building important relationships with local educators, community members, and families of the students they teach.