The Teacher Certification Program For America Essay

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One of the most prominent alternate teacher certification programs designed to address the growing achievement gap is Teach for America. The idea of Teach for America was launched by founder Wendy Kopp in 1989. She was then a student at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs pursuing a Bachelors of Art degree. As a part of her degree requirements, Kopp completed her thesis on nation teacher corps. Upon graduation, Kopp began working on turning her teacher organization into a reality.
The mission of the national teacher corps was to rescue and reform schools in America’s urban education centers from what was thought of as having inferior teaching and training. She received initial financing and legal support from Union Carbide and Mobile. Teach for America now receives hundreds of millions of dollars in philanthropic donations from the Gates, Walton, and Broad Foundations, as well as federal funding. Teach for America now operates in 50 United States regions and the numbers are on the rise. The organization now has over 33,000 alumni (Kopp, 2001). The number of Teach for America members have grown 2000% since it first began in 1990. The TFA candidates often have no indication of the grade level or type of students they will be teaching until they arrive at their assign districts to obtain jobs and sometimes after they arrive at their assigned schools. Traditionally trained teachers have trained in specific areas, such as…

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