Educate All Students: Larry Miller's Blog

November 29, 2014

TFA Teachers Under Stress All Across America

Filed under: TFA — millerlf @ 10:40 am

It is that time of year when many TFA teachers realize that help is not coming. They are stressed, sometimes desperate and looking for support.

On Thanksgiving I happened to have a conversation with a women sitting next to me while waiting to board a flight to San Francisco. She explained that she was going to visit her daughters, one who is a TFA teacher in Oakland.

In asking how her daughter is doing, a floodgate of concern opened up. She described her daughter as someone very strong, wants to teach but is very stressed. why?
–Only six weeks of training this past summer before being sent to Oakland to work with “at-risk” students,
–little (promised) support, and
–a requirement to simultaneously work toward a master’s degree while navigating first year teaching in very challenging conditions.

Could there be a worst setup for failure? This betrays both our kids in under-resourced schools and new teachers who are inspired to make a difference.

As we enter the holidays I hope all TFA teachers get a chance to relax, regroup and find the strength to finish the school year.

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