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Nashville-Chattanooga July Alumni Blast


Hello TFAmily,  We'd like to wish everyone a happy Disability Pride Month, especially to our corps members, alumni, and staff with disabilities. TFA Nashville-Chattanooga stands proudly with you as we work for justice and equity for all bodies and minds. We also want to celebrate the lives and work of John Lewis and the Rev. C.T. Vivian. Their lifelong leadership and pursuit of equality will always inspire us to continue to work for justice and liberation for all.

This month marks the conclusion of our Virtual Summer Teacher Training. We wish the best for our students and incoming corps members in their 2020 Virtual Summer Academy. Keep your eyes open for coming opportunities to meet our corps members and set up mentoring relationships with them. Nothing helps more in those early teaching days than the support of those who have been in their shoes!

We shared this and some other regional updates on our Instagram Live on 7/7. We have updated our self-care resources and community corner section with the resources that were asked during the live about trauma-informed education and social-emotional needs for our students.

Finally, we are thrilled to invite you to our first Alumni Action Event. In partnership with the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance (TECA), we will host a virtual School Board Candidate Forum on July 28th and 29th. Find the details of the event and RSVP here

We look forward to seeing you there.

In community,

The Alumni Team (Rachel, Colby, and Juanpa)

RESOURCES FOR DISABILITY PRIDE MONTH

Disability Pride Toolkit and Resources

LGBT Books for Teens with Disabled Main Characters

Shining a Light on Black Disabled Authors

Tennessee Disability Coalition 

Chattanooga Disability Resource Center



 

In this section, we feature alumni-specific events and engagement activities.

 

COLLECTIVE ACTION MICROGRANT

We recognize that our community is only as strong as the impact our alumni feel empowered to achieve. These microgrants can be game-changing ignition for our alumni community to exercise their collective power. Learn more about the Collective Action Microgrant here.


TEACH FOR ALL - LATIDO LATINO VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

Join the "Ensenas" in our Teach For All - Latido Latino Conference. This will be a virtual event starting from September 26th to October 2nd. It is a great opportunity to connect with other professionals working in education and other fields in our Americas region. You can find more information here.


TEACH FOR ALL - GLOBAL CONFERENCE  LATINO VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

We're excited to invite you to participate in and help create the first virtual Teach For All Global Conference, which will be open to the entire network — staff members, students, participants, alumni, supporters, and allies. The conference will take place from October 20-22, 2020. More information here.


 

In this section, we highlight resources related to our mission and communityClick here to submit your community event for the next alumni newsletter.

 

CHATTANOOGA COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON RACE IN EDUCATION

Given the state of our world, due to current social injustices rooted in systemic racism, the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance is hosting a community forum with panelists to discuss and examine the impact and implications on education in Chattanooga on July 23rd at 5:30 EST. More information here.


THE EDUCATION TRUST IN TENNESSEE


Join The Education Trust in TN for State Board of Education Watch Party! They’ll offer play-by-play commentary & explain items on the agenda. Come learn how important decisions are made on behalf of students in TN. Register here by July 23rd.


PENCIL FOR SCHOOLS


Help PENCIL pack supply bags for the 6,500 teachers in Metro Nashville Public Schools!


As a volunteer, you will participate in a social distanced packing assembly line to put together tote bags filled with information and supplies for teachers. More information here.

Click here for the full list of available opportunities.


Take a peek at what we've been reading, watching, listening to, and talking about around the water cooler.

 

NATIONAL NEWS

The US loses two icons of the civil rights movement in one day.

Federal Court Orders Trump Administration To Accept New DACA Applications.

Here's How COVID-19 Is Hurting Aspiring Teachers of Color and Three Ways We Can Fix It


STATE NEWS 

2020 School Board Election

Replay: Nashville School Board Candidate Debates

Hamilton County School Board Debates.



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