About Massachusetts

Massachusetts is widely known for its place in U.S. history, its reputation as the ultimate “college town,” and for being home to some of the very best education our nation has to offer. Yet despite these assets, the Bay State is fraught with inequity—home to some of the largest educational attainment gaps in the country, as well as some of the very largest gaps in earnings and wealth. Despite the state’s beautiful landscapes and unique cultural offerings, social inequity is pervasive.

However, many here believe that if true educational equity at scale is going to happen anywhere, it will happen in Massachusetts. Our state enjoys a unique combination of resources—a rich tradition of prioritizing public education, a strong pipeline of talent, numerous colleges and universities, a forward-thinking state Department of Education, a rich nonprofit sector, and a generous philanthropic community. Massachusetts also is home to innovative and promising approaches to lasting improvements within traditional districts, such as school and district turnaround and transformation efforts, alongside arguably the strongest charter public school sector in the US. We no longer question can it be done? In Massachusetts, the question is how can we accelerate the student success that we know is possible?

Central to our efforts is the belief that no social movement, in the past or today, can be successful unless communities are themselves at the forefront leading the work. Our state attracts great talent from around the country and around the world—and also has tremendous assets in the brilliant, inspiring, and dynamic students we are fortunate to work with. Our hope is that our students and families will be the teachers, principals, advocates, and policy makers that  continue this work into the future.

There is much work to be done in Massachusetts—but there is also incredible potential. 

What role will you play?

 

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Total Corps Size

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Alumni In The Region

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Year Partnership Established

The Homegrown Program

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Meet Stacey Rosario (Massachusetts '16). Stacey is part of the TFA Massachusetts Homegrown Program which seeks to cultivate, recruit, and support homegrown talent in our state. Learn more about the Homegrown Program and read Stacey's story.

 

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I currently teach in the community I was raised in and I find that sharing a similar background as my students makes relationship building easier, and “get back in the game” conversations more effective. “Homegrown” teachers of color also serve as strong role models. We are proof that our students can also overcome adversity.

Teaching in Massachusetts

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Top Stories

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October 21, 2016
A four-part look at how educators are making every space safe for students, with close-ups on Orlando, New York, and an evolution within Teach For America.
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September 14, 2016
Can incentives like debt relief and no-interest loans inspire more people to become teachers?
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September 13, 2016
Meeting the President of the United States is rare. Meeting the President to discuss what you are most passionate about is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Farida Mama (Massachusetts 2011) was granted this opportunity when she visited the White House in October to discuss standardized testing and to talk about her experiences as a classroom teacher.
One Day
March 17, 2016
A Boston nonprofit adapts a loyalty rewards model to provide money in exchange for community-building.
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September 28, 2015
Obscured by the “model minority” myth, Asian American students like Khanh Huynh can struggle to get the help they need.
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September 27, 2015
They fell for each other at summer institute… And it actually lasted.

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