Policy & Pints - ED Talk with Executive Director LaKeisha Palmer
Join the Alumni Board for Policy & Pints on Wednesday, November 20th at South Kitchen and Spirits at 6:30 p.m! Teach For America Executive Director, Lakeisha Palmer will be leading a happy-hour discussion about TFA’s role in shaping local, regional, and state policy. Drink specials will be available for purchase!
Click here to RSVP. Please submit pressing policy-oriented questions you have prior to the event here to help us guide the discussion! This event planned to be part of an ongoing series and discussion about educational equity policy topics in Jacksonville and state wide. Reach out to Policy & Pints chair Michael Ham with questions or ideas.
Bridge Walk and Coffee Talk - Saturday, November 23rd 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
What better way to start off a Fall weekend in Duval than with coffee at Chamblin’s plus a brisk loop around the iconic Acosta and Main Street Bridges? Alumni, current CMs, friends, family, kids, and dogs are ALL welcome! We’ll begin and end at Chamblin’s Uptown, 215 N Laura St – remember, downtown street parking is free on weekends. The walk itself starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. with the loop taking about 30-45 min depending on your speed (all paces encouraged to attend).The goal is simply to carve out some time for personal wellness while building community with one another. Email the Alumni Board Wellness Chair, Jaime Ditman with any questions and RSVPs.
Open Alumni Board Meeting - November 12th 6-7:00 p.m.
Interested in hearing about how you can plug into upcoming opportunities to connect, engage, and develop alongside other TFA alumni? Is your time limited, but you want to network and support alumni initiatives when possible?Join the quarterly regional alumni board meeting open to all alums on 11/12 from 6pm-7pm! This will be an open forum to:
Hear first about upcoming opportunities organized by the alumni board
Identify opportunities to support and/or attend these events
Share your ideas for ways to engage
Plug your upcoming personal and professional initiatives
If planning to attend, please indicate so here to plan for snack purchases and to cover requested topics. If unable to attend, but interested in sharing ideas you can do that on the form as well. Questions? Contact Alumni Board President Carly Norton.
Black Women's Brunch - November 2nd 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Mellow Mushroom Avondale
My name is Lashawnda Anderson, and I am a 2014 (Jax) Alum! I currently teach at KIPP Impact Middle School as a 5th grade math teacher, and this is my 6th year in the classroom! Regardless if we were a 2008 CM or are current CM, we are all connected by the Teach For America network and I think it’s time that we start using this network to also fill our cups. This is why I want to formally invite you to our first Black Woman’s Brunch. This is a time and a space for us to just be real, black, and woman. This is not an event where we are coming together to work or sit through planned sessions, but rather to talk about professional transitions, relationships, work, leadership, get advice, be thought partners, or even just find a circle women who we can have positive vibes with. This is a brunch event—so yes— I will be purchasing the bottomless mimosas!!! I hope you join me!! (Just know that all food and drinks are purchased and paid for by you…lol). Reach out to Lashawnda to join!
Teach For America Professional Development - Open and Free for all Teachers
The Q2 sessions are updated and registration is open for all alumni, corps members and novice teachers in the district. Feel free to share with non-tfa friends. You can see the course offerings here and email Jamie to register.
Interested in resources and development shared through Teach For America's network? We want to hear what would interest you and have a short survey where you can quickly rank your preferred experiences. Share your thoughts here! (We'll be raffling off a $5 Dunkin' Donuts gift card for alumni responses!)
Alumni Network Survey - Open Now
One of our goals this year is to work to co-create a vision for alumni work with alumni in Jacksonville. We need to asses the current state of our alumni network, in order to accurately set goals. To that end, we're hoping that you’d be willing to take a five minute break to complete this surveythat allows you to share your thoughts on the current status of our Alumni Network Strategy.
TFA Swag For Sale
Looking to update your TFA swag? Check out our first “Power Up Jax” themed shirts! Our regional Power Up campaign will take place over the coming years and is focused on reenergizing, reimagining, and reinventing a new future of possibilities for students. Our first shirts for sale feature “reenergize”.Order yours while supplies last! Email Jamie Luedtke with questions.
Paid Part-Time District Position with DCPS
The district is expanding the General Knowledge (GK)Team. For the past three years, our team has offered free GK Preparation Sessions that assist our teachers in fulfilling the GK requirement. They are currently in need of certified teachers who would like to “Pay It Forward” and facilitate our sessions.There are over 500 newly hired teachers who are still need of fulfilling their FLDOE certification requirements. The following subjects areas are in need of GK Instructors: English Language Skills, Essay, Math, Reading Requirements:Certificated by the Florida Department of Education, Effective or Highly Effective Summative Evaluation (2018-2019) Benefits for Instructors: Starting Pay $28.00 Hourly, Flexible Part-Time Hours, In-service Points towards Professional Certificate
Interested? Email alumna CeCe Wallace by Friday, November 8, 2019
IDEA Public Schools is Coming to Jacksonville
IDEA Public School will be opening in Jacksonville and is currently recruiting for their Principal in Residence Program. You can learn more about IDEA here and check out the Principal in Residence program here and apply here.
The Drexel Fund Founder Program - Accepting Applications The Drexel Fund, is now accepting applications for its Founders Program, a prestigious, paid one-year fellowship for innovative leaders with a strong desire and plan to launch high-quality private schools for low-income children.To read more about this unique leadership opportunity please click here. You can also learn more information about the Founders Program, application process, current Fellows and recent graduates here. The first application deadline for the Fellowship is December 1, 2019 and the final application deadline on February 1, 2020.
Johns Hopkins University - Applications 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 highly ranked online master's degree allows you to keep developing professionally while still making an impact in your local area/school. The application to join JHU as part of the Fall 2020 cohort has just opened for early admissions. Want more info? Request it here.
Summer Principals Academy - November 4th Virtual Social
The Summer Principals Academy (SPA) at Teachers College, Columbia University 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 this country. Register here for a virtual session or email Yolanda Davis to learn more.
Capitol Hill Fellows - Applications Open December 2nd
The Teach For America Capitol Hill Fellows Program is a year-long program that places Teach For America alumni in full-time, paid congressional staff positions on Capitol Hill. Fellows gain incredible insights into the legislative process and experience in policy and politics at the national level. You can learn more and apply here. For questions contact your friendly TFA Jax alumni staff.
Stay in the Know
Stay up to date about important education equity topics effecting Florida and the Jacksonville area. If you are interested in writing an editorial on one of the following topics for a future blast, or have a link with information you think alumni should be aware of please reach out to Amanda.
Alumni Board Spotlight - Michael Ham Jax '17
My name is Michael Ham, and I am excited to be serving as this year’s Policy and Pints Chair on the Alumni Board. I’m currently in my third year teaching at my placement school, THE Matthew Gilbert Middle School, where I teach sixth grade math.
Corps Member Support Spotlight - Shavonne Peasant Jax '08
Hello everyone! My name is Shavonne Peasant and I am the Lower Elementary Content Leader for the 2019-2020 school year. It is such an honor to work and learn alongside you this year! I was a 2008 Jacksonville corps member, and I have been teaching kindergarten and first grade ever since. Currently, I teach first grade at Guardian Catholic School. I look forward to meeting you, soon!
Welcome to the TFAmily!
There are two new members of the TFA staff family. Courtney Salazar's daughter Taylee (pictured right) was born September 10th, and Heather Ryan's son Logan was born September 26th. Congratulations to both of our new mamas. We are wishing them well while they are on maternity leave through December!
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