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Nashville-Chattanooga May Alumni Blast

Left: Our 2018 corps members during their virtual alumni induction held on May 7th. 

Right: Our guest panelists during our Equity Forum: Stronger Together, held on May 14th.



As our state begins to slowly move through its four planned phases of reopening, whether you’re working from home, returning to the workplace, or serving as an essential worker, we hope that you, your family and friends are safe and healthy in light of the pandemic that forced an unusual end of the school year.

We'd like to start by welcoming our newest members to the Teach For America network. 64 professionals celebrated their alumni induction on a virtual event, where we had the chance to hear a message from our chief executive officer, Elisa Villanueva Beard. Many thanks to all our alumni that helped us to put this event together.

We're also excited to welcome our incoming 2020 corps to the Nashville-Chattanooga region. 93 professionals will start their summer training between June 11 - July 10. Though much remains unknown about the trajectory of the pandemic, we know our kids are counting on us. TFA has developed a plan to shift our summer training approach to an online format. Incoming corps members will experience a mix of synchronous and asynchronous training, supported by both full-time and summer staff.

Last week, we hosted our first virtual panel. The Equity Forum: Stroger Together, engaged corps members, alumni, and community partners from across our region to reflect and discuss how people and organizations are responding to our cities’ inequities. In collaboration with other community partners, we brought together diverse perspectives to push us to think about how to build a coalition of people pursuing equity across our cities.

This month’s blast will contain different resources and opportunities to help you continue supporting your students and communities as we approach the end of the school year. 

Finally, we want to wish a celebratory and community-building Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and want to give a shout-out of recognition and appreciation for the contribution of all of our Asian and Pacific Islander alumni and their families.

In Community,

The Alumni Team (Rachel, Colby & Juan Pablo)



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



We will be launching multiple cohorts of Back to School Learning Series. The series will enable first school system leaders and then school leaders to share their approaches & resources across state lines as we all navigate this new reality. We imagine each series will last at a minimum for 3 weeks- occasionally meeting twice a week. If you are interested, please complete this form.


Do you have an idea for a networking or professional development event for your TFA or education community? Have you been wishing you had funding to start a book club? Have you always wanted to meet other alumni working in business? Learn more about the Collective Action Microgrant and how it can kickstart your opportunity.


TFA Nashville-Chattanooga May Board: Find our most recent education openings

Talent Matching Questionnaire:Share which opportunities you're seeking and be the first to know about new roles

TFA Connect: Find employers throughout the world looking to hire TFA alumni 

Wishing your open role was included in this alumni newsletter?

Post your role to TFA Connect or submit the role here to make sure it's included next month. 

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



The Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation is excited to launch its new, FREE online learning module, “Fostering Language Development in a Pre-K Classroom”. This module encourages early childhood educators to be conscious of the impact that daily conversation with young children has on literacy development. In celebration of their new module launch, they are offering a unique online professional learning experience. Throughout the month of June, they will host a weekly professional learning community around “Fostering Language Development in a Pre-K Classroom”. Email Josephine Appleby for more information. 


This session will take the place of TECA's quarterly social networking event. So grab you a glass of wine (or your drink of preference) and prepare to engage. We will focus on addressing the mental health issues and challenges educators face, the importance of self-care, and strategies and opportunities to incorporate them. This event will take place on Zoom on May 21, at 5:30 pm CST. Click here to register and submit questions.


We know there are people all over the world working tirelessly to make a difference for their families and communities. In the next workshop, Teach for All is inviting you to spend time with your global network to listen, reflect and learn from stories of local action across a few specific themes: (1) food insecurity, (2) financial insecurity, (3) mental health, and (4) enhancing government responses. May 20th 7pm Click here for more information.

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.



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