Teach For America was founded on a belief in the potential of all children and in their right to an excellent education. We continue with the same bold vision today.

Core Values

PURSUE EQUITY

We work to change practices, structures, and policies to realize educational equity for all children. As we do so, we actively examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems.


STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY

We assume responsibility for our collective strength by developing relationships, building diverse and inclusive coalitions, and challenging one another to be our best. We act with empathy and extend grace to ourselves and others.


ACHIEVE IMPACT

We pursue ambitious, meaningful outcomes that lead to access and opportunity for all children. We hold ourselves to high standards, make data-informed decisions, and orient to long-term success.


CHOOSE COURAGE

We act on our beliefs and values, especially when it’s hard. We center our efforts on the aspirations of our students and their families.


ACT WITH HUMILITY

We acknowledge the limitations of our perspectives. We seek different points of view and historical context to evolve our thinking and inform our actions.


DEMONSTRATE RESILIENCE

We see every challenge as an opportunity to think expansively about solutions. When faced with obstacles, we deepen our resolve, adapt, and persist with optimism.


LEARN CONTINUOUSLY

We operate with curiosity and embrace new ideas to innovate and constantly improve. We take informed risks and learn from successes, setbacks, and each other.

 

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