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By DEBORAH APPLEMAN | September 8, 1991
A year ago, I examined and criticized the ambition and assumptions of the Teach for America (TFA) program, the much heralded program that recruited idealistic college grads to teach in some of the nation's toughest schools.I admitted that my professional wariness of the soundness of the program was further heightened by my personal concern for six recent graduates of Carleton College, the small, selective liberal arts college at which I teach.Teach for America has received mixed reviews of its first year.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Peter DiPrinzio interviewed for jobs with big finance and consulting firms in his senior year of college in Vermont. Then he heard about a fledgling effort to send talented new graduates in a different direction - to jobs at startup companies in cities those grads might otherwise pass over. That program - like Teach For America but with an entrepreneurial twist - quickly hooked him. Now he's one of seven Venture for America "fellows" working in Baltimore, all of them about six months into two-year stints here.
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May 28, 2009
The following are selected comments on the proposal to expand Teach for America in Baltimore schools posted on The Baltimore Sun's education blog, baltimoresun.com/insideed. TFA people come to schools to make a big difference in the world, spend two years and than go get a job where they can make a REAL difference ... in their pocket. I find it appalling that people use our children as a two-three years stepping stone before law school. Tim Not everyone in TFA leaves the classroom after 2 years.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2014
Just a few months before Artemus Werts stood before classes in Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, he had to relearn math concepts he hadn't reviewed in years. Werts, a 2011 Rutgers graduate who joined Baltimore's teaching corps through Teach for America this year, began replacing formulas with patterns, talking himself through problems step by step. He found the skills not only came back to him, but stuck. "I wasn't comfortable teaching math, but then it was empowering," said Werts, who studied history and eventually hopes to work in education policy.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2002
BALTIMORE'S Teach for America threw a 10th anniversary bash in the rain Thursday night. Fifty-four corps members beginning their second year of teaching in Baltimore welcomed a record 108 newcomers, all fresh out of college, and Tuesday they'll fan out to 41 city schools. The Teach for America idea, proposed by Wendy Kopp in her senior thesis at Princeton University in the 1980s, is simple: Outstanding college graduates commit to teach for two years in the nation's neediest urban and rural schools, where they work for the pitiful pay of the beginning teacher.
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By LIZ BOWIE ... and LIZ BOWIE ...,SUN REPORTER | October 26, 2005
A proposal that would have made it difficult to operate in Maryland for Teach for America - a source of young teachers for Baltimore - was changed at the last minute yesterday before getting final approval from the State Board of Education. The guideline would have required prospective Teach for America instructors to go through an eight-week internship before teaching in the fall. Because program participants already must complete five weeks of training during the summer, finishing both sessions would potentially have been a difficult task.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,Sun Staff Writer | September 7, 1994
Alexander Ross starts a new job tomorrow that he knows could swallow him whole.At 8:30, he'll greet 30 or more sixth-graders in Room 309 of Booker T. Washington Middle School in inner-city Baltimore. Thus will begin Mr. Ross' career as a teacher.Mr. Ross is 22, a baby-faced, soft-spoken young man just three months out of Northwestern University, near Chicago. His students -- those who haven't been held back -- will be 12 and 13, charged with the electricity of early adolescence, all of them ebony to Mr. Ross' ivory.
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November 14, 2004
Barbara and Harwood Nichols, of Reisterstown, MD, are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Susannah, to Evan Hansen, son of Robert and Deborah Hansen, of Washington Township, MI. The bride was attended by her sister Rebecca Gautreau, while Mr. Hansen's brother Neil acted as Best Man. Susannah, a 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan, recently completed a two year teaching assignment with Teach for America in the Detroit Public School...
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,liz.bowie@baltsun.com | May 25, 2009
The Baltimore school system has asked Teach for America, which sends thousands of recent college graduates into public schools around the nation, to nearly double the number of teachers it puts in city classrooms in the next two years if enough private money can be raised. The ambitious plan would supply about 150 first-year teachers to classrooms from pre-kindergarten through high school next fall and in 2010, up from 90 this school year. Because Teach for America participants commit for two years, the number would rise from about 170 this year to 300 by 2010.
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By Michael Hill | September 3, 1991
If America's schoolchildren need a role model, someone a bit more admirable than Jose Canseco or Madonna, they would have to look hard to find anyone better than Wendy Kopp.This 1989 Princeton graduate proves that it's possible to make your dreams come true, to achieve your personal goals, but doing that by helping others. And the people she's helping are . . . America's schoolchildren."Who Will Teach for America?" tells the story of Kopp and her teaching Peace Corps. The hour-long documentary will be on Maryland Public Television tonight at 10 o'clock, the first night of three evenings of back-to-school programming focusing on education.
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By Erica L. Green and By Erica L. Green | October 15, 2013
Updated: Teach for America teachers do have to pass the Praxis exam to teach in Maryland. The Baltimore City school board has requested that the district follow through on a plan to assess the effectiveness of teachers who are alternatively certified through programs like Teach for America that for years have funneled teachers into the city's struggling schools. The city school board approved last week the $880,000 contract to hire and train 125 to 150 Teach For America teachers for the 2013-2014 school year.  The board also approved a $735,000 contract to hire the same amount of teachers from the Baltimore City Teaching Residency, another alternative certification program the district annually recruits from for its high-need areas.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Constellation said Thursday that it is giving Teach For America $1 million for efforts in Baltimore over the next four years, from training teachers to helping program alumni fight poverty. The Baltimore division of Chicago-based Exelon Corp. said it has donated about $465,000 to Teach For America since 1994. Exelon agreed to donate an average of $7 million a year in Maryland for a decade as part of its acquisition of Constellation Energy Group. Constellation said its CEO, Kenneth Cornew, is guest-teaching in a science class at East Baltimore's Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School Thursday in honor of Teach For America Week.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2010
For the first time since it set up shop in the city 18 years ago, Teach for America is spreading into the suburbs, sending teachers into low-performing schools in Baltimore County that leaders say need as much help as those in the city. The move into four Baltimore County middle schools — Old Court, Deer Park, Windsor Mill and Golden Ring — will give the district 14 new TFA teachers to help decrease class sizes in reading and math. "We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to begin providing additional resources in schools where students need assistance," said Donald A. Peccio, the county's assistant superintendent for human resources.
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By Olivia Bobrowsky and Olivia Bobrowsky,olivia.bobrowsky@baltsun.com | August 13, 2009
The Baltimore City school board approved a contract with Teach for America on Tuesday night that will allow up to 200 teachers into the city's public schools during the coming school year. The cost to city schools of $450,000 includes recruitment, selection and training of new teachers, who commit to their posts for two years. Schools chief Andr?s Alonso said the contract only covers one year because of the current economic climate. "Given the changes in the market with regards to teachers in Baltimore City, we need to be careful of the commitments we make in the long term," he said.
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May 28, 2009
The following are selected comments on the proposal to expand Teach for America in Baltimore schools posted on The Baltimore Sun's education blog, baltimoresun.com/insideed. TFA people come to schools to make a big difference in the world, spend two years and than go get a job where they can make a REAL difference ... in their pocket. I find it appalling that people use our children as a two-three years stepping stone before law school. Tim Not everyone in TFA leaves the classroom after 2 years.
NEWS
May 27, 2009
Arundel police find missing teenager 3 Anne Arundel County police found a teenager early Tuesday who had been missing from his Severna Park home since Saturday. Alexander Stevens, 17, was found about 1 a.m. at a convenience store at Route 2 and Earleigh Heights Road, police said. He was with friends and appeared to be in good health, according to police. Sunday afternoon, Stevens' mother told officers that she last saw the teen when he left home on his bike about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. - Brent Jones Child with lighter caused Balto.
NEWS
May 27, 2009
Arundel police find missing teenager 3 Anne Arundel County police found a teenager early Tuesday who had been missing from his Severna Park home since Saturday. Alexander Stevens, 17, was found about 1 a.m. at a convenience store at Route 2 and Earleigh Heights Road, police said. He was with friends and appeared to be in good health, according to police. Sunday afternoon, Stevens' mother told officers that she last saw the teen when he left home on his bike about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. - Brent Jones Child with lighter caused Balto.
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By Alice Steinbach | September 16, 1990
Of the 505 members of the Teach for America corps, 18 are natives of Maryland. Graduates of such colleges and universities as Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Lehigh, Bowdoin, Smith, Duke and the universities of Maryland and Michigan, they began their teaching assignments last week in New York City, New Orleans, Georgia, Los Angeles and Baton Rouge.Matthew Wolfe of Ellicott City, a graduate of Loyola High Schooand the class of 1990 at Yale University, is teaching a fourth-grade class of 33 students in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of New York.
NEWS
By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,liz.bowie@baltsun.com | May 25, 2009
The Baltimore school system has asked Teach for America, which sends thousands of recent college graduates into public schools around the nation, to nearly double the number of teachers it puts in city classrooms in the next two years if enough private money can be raised. The ambitious plan would supply about 150 first-year teachers to classrooms from pre-kindergarten through high school next fall and in 2010, up from 90 this school year. Because Teach for America participants commit for two years, the number would rise from about 170 this year to 300 by 2010.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | January 27, 2009
You've got your U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, and your U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Those, my fellow Americans, are our national service academies. Now consider one more: the U.S. Public Service Academy - same model, except no weapons, no boats and, as far as I know, no buzz cuts on the first day of school. The USPSA. This is not a reality, of course.
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