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August 2022 Alumni Blast

We’ve heard from many TFA alumni that you would love an opportunity to directly support students and teachers in TFA placement schools. To help all of our students quickly recover learning missed through the pandemic, MNPS has launched a new high-impact virtual tutoring program called Accelerating Scholars, and they need your help!

Through the registration process, you can choose the times and days that work best for your schedule, select a grade level and subject area, and choose to work with a specific student at one 117 schools supported through this program.

Update from Casey

Dear Teach For America Alumni,

I am writing to you with some news and a personal update. I have accepted a position as Managing Director for School and System’s Leadership on the Teach For America National Alumni Impact team!

In this role, I will work closely with our rural and native regions identifying supports and programming that will sustain and support our alumni. This includes work related to TFA's Rural School Leader Academy and other learning and development related work for rural regions.

As you may know, as a 2012 Delta alum who spent 6 years teaching in my placement district, I am really passionate about rural education. While I am incredibly excited about this new opportunity, I leave grateful and inspired by the work you are all doing as alumni in Nashville and Chattanooga. I'll still be here in Nashville, and am excited to share all that I've learned with alumni nationwide!

Best Regards,

Casey DeFord

How to access student loan forgiveness

On Thursday, September 8th at 4 pm CT, join the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) and the Student Debt Crisis Center (SDCC) for a webinar highlighting updates to the PSLF program, guidance on how to navigate the new process, and an opportunity to ask questions about accessing debt relief. Register here.

Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)

Wellness Resources

  • Headspace for Educators is a FREE program that encourages teachers to use mindfulness as a tool for themselves and in the classroom. TFA alumni can sign up for a free account here.

  • BetterHelp has partnered with Teach For America to provide a discount on the first month of counseling services for all TFA alumni. To access the discount and learn more, click here.

You can find the full list of resources available for alumni here.

LAST CALL - Apply for $5k TFA Scholarship for New Leaders Fellowship

The New Leaders National Aspiring Principals Fellowship, an online principal certification and/or master's degree program! Alumni who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color and are accepted as a Fellow are eligible for the scholarship, but the Fellowship is open to alumni leaders of color and equity-focused school-based leaders. Learn more in the informational session recording. Complete your application by 9/1.

LEE 2022 Senior Leaders Series: Negotiations & Coalition Building

Do you have goals you want to advance but need the buy-in of other stakeholders? Do you find yourself in conversations that require you to weigh others’ interests and goals against your own? Join other senior leaders in the LEE network for this exclusive opportunity to learn and practice negotiation skills with multiple stakeholders to build strong coalitions.

2022 Nonprofit Young Professional Scholarships

The Dan and Margaret Maddox Fund are giving away (10) $1,000 scholarships to young nonprofit professionals working in Middle Tennessee. These scholarships can be used for CNM workshops, CNM certificate programs, professional coaching, conferences, and more! Don't miss out - applications must be completed by 5:00 PM on September 9th. Learn more and apply now!

This unique event is a celebration of Nashville's diverse cultures and food featuring food tastings from 15+ immigrant and refugee owned businesses and 4 live cultural performances. Tickets for the event are limited and typically sell out. Learn more and register to attend here.

Please join YWCA Nashville & Middle TN on September 29, 2022 for a discussion on the school-to-prison pipeline, what it is, and how to disrupt it. Featured speakers will include Judge Sheila Calloway (Juvenille Court of Metropolitan Nashville), Johnnie Hatten (Child & Youth Advocate Disability Rights TN), Reginald Nash (External Relations Manager, EdTrust TN), and Sharon K. Roberson (President & CEO, YWCA Nashville & Middle TN). Register here.

Volunteer Tennessee values the input from stakeholders like you across the Volunteer State, so they are inviting you to provide feedback on a proposed 2023-25 State Service Plan here. The new State Service Plan will advocate service and volunteerism as strategies to meet critical community needs, including service through programs funded under national service laws. The survey will take only three minutes to complete. Surveys must be completed no later than Monday, September 12, 2022. Individuals affiliated with nonprofits, businesses focused on corporate social purpose, volunteer groups, as well as social and community service agencies are specifically invited to fill out the survey, though all are welcome to participate and share within their networks.

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