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June 2021 Alumni Blast

The TFA Nashville-Chattanooga Alumni Board is sponsoring a gift bag drive to support current corps members who are headed to the classroom for their first full year of teaching. Let's show them the support of their regional alumni community through a Welcome Gift Boxes.


June invites us to celebrate and acknowledge the resilience and contributions of our LGBTQ+ and immigrant communities as they continue to face adversity this year. It is critically important to ensure that both communities feel seen and heard. Our work will not stop until we reach the equality that both communities deserve.

We also celebrated and commemorated Juneteenth. Yet, it is incumbent on us to pause and reflect on the struggle and celebration that remain behind us, ahead of us, and all around us every day. In 2021, Black people across the United States continue to fight for their freedoms and rights. It is our responsibility to consider the work we're called to and the community we're called to be.

We are on a path to creating a different reality for our children and each other. That hope is rooted in our community about what must be true to ensure that all children in our nation reach educational equity and live in a country free of injustice.

In Community,

The Alumni Team (Rachel, Colby & Juan Pablo)

We need your help - To provide each first and second-year corps member with a welcome gift, we will need to raise $13,300. Yep, it’s ambitious - but we believe in the collective power of the nearly 1,000 alumni who live in this region.

Got time? We’re also looking for people who are interested in helping us pack and deliver the gift bags. Learn more and register here.

Haven’t logged into lately? Be sure to take a minute to sign in and experience the new TFA Alumni Directory we are developing, featuring the profiles of 38,000+ alumni.

It’s also the place to update your info so that others in the network can easily find you and send you a message!

*This product is in its early stages, so you may experience bugs and other things that we’d love to hear feedback about. We want to make this as strong of a tool as possible before it officially launches in the summer.

Learn more here.

  • TFA National Prism Alliances

  • Teach For America: Opening Doors for LGBTQ+ Students

  • LGBTQ+ and Latinx intersectionality: Here are some resources from our national partners & collaborators: The National Prism & Latinx Alliances has gathered resources here for our community to read and share.

The Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teacher Leadership Award celebrates outstanding anti-racist teacher leaders who are pursuing systems-change to expand opportunities for students.

The application portal was launched on May 1, 2021, and will close on July 1st, 2021!

Learn more about the application guide to help you prepare here.

Find our most recent education openings.

*We are actively looking for a Manager Teacher Leadership Development and a Manager Talent & Operations. You can find more information about the roles here.

Share which opportunities you're seeking and be the first to know about new roles.

Find employers throughout the world looking to hire TFA alumni here.

Want to hire from our incredible network of over 900 alumni in our Nashville-Chattanooga region? You can now submit your role directly to the online job board here.

May marked the 67th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, ruling racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The Nashville Public Education Foundation shared a preview of their latest project – By Design: The Shaping of Nashville’s Public Schools.

This hour-long documentary will examine the history of public schooling in our city dating back to the 1800s and the effects of city policies and priorities on our schools and will be released later this summer.

You can watch the trailer here.

Eligible awardees include educators, nonprofits, schools, or districts. Grants can serve as seed funding to explore a new idea for recruiting and retaining a diverse educator workforce, or they could be used to enhance an existing, effective practice for diverse educator retention. Strategies for supporting recruitment & retention in rural districts are of particular interest, given the unique challenges in increasing and maintaining educator workforce diversity in those areas. However, applications from all types of districts will be considered. The application can be found here. Grant recipients will be awarded $2000. The deadline to apply is June 25.

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