Rice a top contributor of alumni to Teach For America

Sixteen Owls are part of Teach For America’s 2018 teaching corps, making Rice a top 10 contributor to the program among medium-sized universities and colleges (3,000 to 9,999 undergraduates).

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Sixteen Owls are part of Teach For America’s 2018 teaching corps, making Rice a top 10 contributor to the program among medium-sized universities and colleges (3,000 to 9,999 undergraduates). Photo courtesy of 123rf.com

TFA corps members commit to teach for two years in low-income communities and they’re hired by partner schools across the country. The organization’s mission is to enlist, develop and mobilize promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.

More than 16 million children in the U.S. grow up in poverty, according to TFA. Children in extreme poverty are half as likely to graduate from high school and one-tenth as likely to graduate from college as students from the most affluent communities.

TFA’s network includes 56,000 leaders nationwide. Its 2018 teaching corps represents more than 680 colleges and universities and will impact 51 regions across 36 states and Washington, D.C.

For more information on TFA, visit teachforamerica.org.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.