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Welcome to the monthly alumni blast <<First Name>>! This blast features some great upcoming events, ways to learn and grow through our organizational partnerships, and ways to connect with our TFA community. Thank you for checking us out!
Policy & Pints 2018
The Teach For America Jacksonville Alumni Board cordially invite’s you to this year’s Policy & Pints on November 28th.
Teach For America-Jacksonville has partnered with the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute to host a discussion on school safety in Duval with the Director of School Behavioral Health, Katrina Taylor as well as other community experts on the topic. Register today as tickets will go fast! The reception will commence at 6:15 and the program begins at 6:45 p.m. We request an RSVP as appetizers and drink tickets for registrants will be provided. 

TFA Jacksonville 10th Anniversary Weekend is February 8-10th!
In alignment with our annual alumni giving campaign, we are excited to announce special alumni giving packages for the anniversary celebration!  As a part of this special promotion, alumni who give at the Early Level (October 16th-November 27th) of a suggested monthly donation of $8 or a one-time gift of $100 will receive a thank you gift including:

  • Recognition during alumni weekend activities
  • A free beverage at the 10th Anniversary Friday Happy Hour
  • Swag
  • A ticket to the “Lighting the Path” celebration event ($150 value)

Donate here!
While all gifts are appreciated, we encourage alumni to sign up for a monthly gift.  For a limited time, you can triple your impact! All monthly alumni gifts will be matched two to one by our national office!  Special alumni giving packages are limited, so secure yours today. For more information, please contact Courtney Salazar.

LEE Florida Public Leadership Summit - Nov. 10 - 11
Leadership for Educational Equity’s (LEE) Florida Public Leadership Summits is for TFA and LEE members of all identities from the state of Florida who want to become more civically engaged and community-driven but aren’t sure where to start. This experience will be helpful for corps members and alumni who are considering how to create systemic change beyond the classroom. Participants will begin to develop a basic foundation of skills needed to succeed in policy, organizing, advocacy, elected leadership, and other forms of public leadership. LEE registration is free for all TFA members. You can find more information and the link to apply here. Please reach out to with questions.
TFA 2019 Capitol Hill Fellows Program 
The Capitol Hill Fellows Program is accepting nominations for this year-long program that will train and place a group of Teach For America alumni in full-time, paid, congressional staff positions on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in late summer 2019.  The program offers Fellows incredible insights into the legislative process and an opportunity to gain experience in policy-making at the national level. Fellows participate in monthly professional development sessions to enhance the skills necessary to grow as policy leaders. In addition, Fellows are paid a stipend of $60,000, paid over 12 months, and have access to ongoing mentorship opportunities. Fellows do not lobby on behalf of Teach For America or work on issues related to Teach For America during this Fellowship, but instead work on issues assigned by a member of Congress or congressional committee.  Each Fellow cohort reflects the diversity of TFA; Fellows represent many states and both political parties.  You can nominate yourself or a friend here. Applications for the 2019 Capitol Hill Fellows Program are open December 3, 2018 and close January 31, 2019.
Jacksonville University - 10K TFA Scholarship Available 
Interested in earning a Master's in Public Policy while staying grounded in the Jacksonville context? Jacksonville University has designated the Halverson Scholarship for TFA alumni who join the MPP program worth approximately $10,000. Additionally a full scholarship is offered through the Minority Fellowship designed to support a new generation of policy leaders in Florida. You can view the eligibility requirements for this fellowship here. To learn more please contact Elizabeth Feustel the MPP program manager. 
Paid Principal Training Program Through IDEA Public Schools
IDEA Public Schools has opened their Principal in Residence program where future leaders learn alongside school leaders in a full-time paid position. In particular they are looking for 6 future principals to lead IDEA schools in the region known as Permian Basin. The need is great, with 44% of students attending failing schools in the region.  IDEA is on a mission to change the dire statistics in Midland/Odessa. We are hosting a full day event in the region with our Executive Director on November 9th and would love to extend the invitation to Jacksonville alumni. Please contact Heather Asp if interested in learning more about the program.
John's Hopkins University - Online Master's Application Open
The application to join JHU as part of the Fall 2019 cohort is now open!  TFA and Johns Hopkins University are excited to offer a Master of Science in Education degree that is available to TFA corps members and alumni nationwide.  This high quality online master's degree allows you to keep developing professionally while still making an impact in your local area/school. See a flyer here for more information. Learn more online at the JHU website and contact Sam, our regional partner, with any questions at Want more info? Request it here.
Summer Principal's Academy at Columbia University NYC
Interested in becoming a school leader? Register today for a virtual open house November 8th from 6:30- 8  to learn more about the Summer Principals Academy, at Teachers College, Columbia University, which is a transformative graduate program committed to promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between the most and least advantaged groups in our country. The application for next year is now live! For support through the process, reach out to the administration team via email with any questions, or contact your local TFA JAX alumni team. You can look forward to meeting them in person at their TFA-Jacksonville visit in December 2018! View the flyer here
PACE is Hiring - Associate Director of Education
The Associate Director of Education will support the centers in ensuring strong academic performance and a mastery of educational content is achieved for students served through the PACE program model. This position will demonstrate various teaching models and strategies to assist PACE teachers and Academic Managers in maximizing learning gains for girls served. Find out more on their job board
Alumni Highlights and Hall of Fame!
Nominate yourself or a friend today to be featured in the blast! We want to feature stories locally and nationally to showcase the amazing alumni work happening in our schools and communities and celebrate it. We know there are great things happening, but don't know all the stories and want you to have a platform to share the work of you and your networks. If you have seen some great alumni work, in our communities and schools let us know! This could be hitting a metric, seeing success in data, or a great event! If your story is chosen we will follow up with an interview and photo-shoot. 

At Alumni Orientation alumni shared that they want to get to know other alumni and hear more about the great things they are doing. We also created a Hall of Fame for corps members and alumni to see some of the great alumni in the region. Check out the current Hall of Fame and fill out this survey to add or update your information or picture. 
Wizard of Ed Podcast
Check out the new podcast created by TFA Jax staff member Yuri Thornton! The Wizard of Ed podcast was created for novice teachers to hear from experienced educators and leaders about how to work through the struggles of your first few years In the classroom. Check it out and connect with Yuri to be a guest speaker! To listen to the podcast click here. You can also check out the website.
Work it out! 
Free coffee - check, dual screens - check, printers - check. Whether you are planning after school, or have flexible hours/location we would love to work with you! Schedule a time to come and work in our office by contacting Michele Mitchell

Social Media Take Over
Interested in taking over TFA-JAX social media for a day and elevating the voices of your students and communities? Click here to sign up!

TFA New and Expectant Parent Resource Group - Interest Survey
Transitioning to parenthood is a profound and personal experience. Having a community of support is so important and necessary, particularly so our alumni can continue to be supported and empowered in a way that allows them to work in the front-lines of educational inequity. Several alumni have expressed interest in a support group, and are looking for your input in setting the vision and opportunities the group.  If you are interested and would like to be included on follow up information please complete this quick survey
We heard you! Alumni voiced they would like a calendar to keep up with Alumni events. Check out the live calendar on the alumni page
Staff Spotlight - Jamie Luedtke
Jamie Luedtke (at center, with Ian Siljestrom left, and Roel Escamilla right) joined Teach For America staff in 2012 and moved to the Jacksonville team in 2014 where she currently serves as the Director, New Teacher Development. She first started her journey with Teach For America as a 2010 Chicago corps member teaching math at an alternative high school. Jamie believes in the power of people and sees Duval education's strongest assets as youth leadership and community commitment to education. In addition to working alongside so many committed leaders throughout the city, Jamie enjoys spending time outside, trying new restaurants, and all things sports.
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