Fort Worth EDUCATION LEADERS ARE WORKING TO TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF 7,300 STUDENTS AND COUNTING.
Teach High-Need Subjects (STEM & Bilingual)
Tarrant County Alumni
7,300 Students Reached Daily
Alumni in Education1
Teach For America’s mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence.
While 84% of students graduated from Fort Worth ISD in 2014,
ONLY 11% WERE READY FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER based on SAT/ACT scores.2 Of the 52% of Fort Worth ISD high school students who go on to college,
TEACH FOR AMERICA BRINGS TALENTED INDIVIDUALS TO FORT WORTH
WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY AND STATE. LEADERS FROM TFA FOCUS ON SOLVING THE
SYSTEMIC PROBLEMS IN EDUCATION THAT FACE FAR TOO MANY OF THE NEEDIEST
CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE ARE PROUD TO WELCOME TFA CORPS MEMBERS AND ALUMNI TO OUR CITY & RECOGNIZE THEIR
UNPARALLELED IMPACT ON PUBLIC EDUCATION. B E T S Y P R I C E , M AYO R O F F O R T WO R T H
40% REQUIRE REMEDIATION.
Six years after high school graduation,
ONLY 25% OF STUDENTS WHO PURSUED COLLEGE EARNED A DEGREE. 3
In 2016, only
30% OF THIRD-GRADERS READ AT GRADE LEVEL
—a strong predictor of future graduation rates.4 i Percentage reflects TFA alumni population in Tarrant County Reported by The Commit! Partnership 2015 Texas School District Data 3 Data reported by Fort Worth ISD, August 2016 4 Fort Worth Literacy Partnership, December 2016 1
OUR CORPS MEMBERS TEACH FOR AMERICA FILLS A NEED FOR GREAT TEACHERS IN FORT WORTH CLASSROOMS. BY DISTRICT
FORT WORTH ISD
17% UPLIFT EDUCATION
Teach For America has 72 corps members teaching in 29 Fort Worth ISD and Uplift Education schools during the 2016–17 school year.
10% 5% NORTH FW
Corps members are hired in areas of the most need, including science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) classrooms and bilingual elementary classrooms.
Corps members teach at schools that have been identified as highest need by the districts. Over half teach in east Fort Worth, a quarter on the south side, and the remaining 15% teach on the north and west sides of the city.
SINCE LAUNCHING IN 2011, TEACH FOR AMERICA HAS ENLISTED OVER 200 TEACHERS TO FORT WORTH. The majority teach high-need subjects: bilingual, math, and science.
“My personal experience growing up in a low-income neighborhood has allowed me to sympathize and empathize with the struggles that my students face day to day.” —Raycha Maxwell (Fort Worth ‘16) Como Elementary School, 4th Grade Math/Science
“Education inequality can be fixed. It can be solved. However, it takes a refusal to accept the status quo and a resolve to strive for what can be.” —Jarrett Cocharo (Fort Worth ‘16) O.D. Wyatt High School, Algebra II
OUR ALUMNI 87% OF TEACH FOR AMERICA ALUMNI IN FORT WORTH CONTINUE TO WORK IN EDUCATION.
WORK IN SCHOOLS 75% teachers 13% school staff 6% principals 3% assistant principals 3% district leaders
Anson Jackson (RGV ‘04) joined Teach For America in the Rio Grande Valley and moved to DFW to continue his education career. As the principal of Uplift Education’s Mighty Preparatory Middle School in Fort Worth, he was highlighted by the George W. Bush Institute for the success the campus experienced under his leadership. Anson now manages the principals at multiple Uplift campuses, including those in Tarrant County.
Miranda Tacoronti (DFW ‘12) is in her fifth year as a bilingual reading teacher at Versia Williams Elementary School in Fort Worth ISD. She was recently named the 2016 Elementary District Teacher of the Year. Miranda serves as the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and grade-level chair for her campus, where she also tutors for the Fort Worth After School Program.
Erika Beltran (Houston ‘01) serves on the Texas State Board of Education for District 13. She also recently launched Leadership ISD in Tarrant County, expanding the organization committed to cultivating informed community leaders who are inspired and prepared to improve public schools across North Texas. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Erika was born and raised in District 13, on the north side of Fort Worth, and is a proud graduate of North Side High School. As a member of the State Board of Education, Erika is ensuring that every student in Texas receives a high quality education.
Juan Jimenez (DFW ‘12) began his career teaching bilingual second grade at Maude Logan Elementary in Fort Worth ISD before joining TFA–DFW staff as a teacher coach. In 2016, he went back to the classroom, teaching fifth grade math and science at Fort Worth ISD’s M.H. Moore Elementary. Juan leads the school’s robotics club, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, and is pursuing a Master’s in Education Leadership from UNT.
FORT WORTH PRIORITIES GROWING by opening a Fort Worth office with the support of the local community
COLLABORATING with Fort Worth leaders to solve pressing education issues
DEEPENING our Fort Worth roots through a partnership with Texas Wesleyan University
THANK YOU TO OUR FORT WORTH SUPPORTERS Rainwater Charitable Foundation
Marsha & John Kleinheinz*
Web Maddox Trust
Mollie & Garland Lasater
Amon G. Carter Foundation
BBVA Compass â€“ Fort Worth
Jean & John Roach*
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Goff Family Foundation*
Jim & Mary Ann Harris*
Thomas M., Helen McKee, and John P. Ryan Foundation*
Nancy & John Snyder*
*New donor in Fiscal Year 2016
FORT WORTH FINANCIALS EXPENSES 85% PROGRAM 45%
15% ADMINISTRATIVE 16%
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FY16 FORT WORTH OPERATING BUDGET: $1.8 MILLION
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