Everyone understands that excellent teachers are essential to improving student achievement. Good teachers help students master new skills, make significant progress, and overcome challenges that might otherwise derail them from succeeding in school. Research shows that an effective teacher can significantly boost student learning, and several highly-effective teachers in a row can eliminate the persistent gap in academic achievement that separates low-income and minority students from their higher-income peers.
Philadelphia’s Students Need You.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the resource that matters most in education—great teachers—America has not delivered on the promise of an equal education for all, and the results are predictable, both across the country and here in Philadelphia. Last year, more than 3,000 Philadelphia students dropped out of high school, significantly decreasing the likelihood that they will achieve successful, secure adult lives. Fortunately, we know that all Philadelphia students can achieve at high levels if there is an effective teacher in every classroom.
Are you ready to make a difference?
Since 2005, almost 500 dedicated professionals have joined the Philadelphia Teaching Fellows and are already making a difference for the students who need great teachers most. Fellows are committed to ensuring that all Philadelphia students receive a world-class education, and our program provides the rigorous preparation and support they need to meet that ambitious goal. Every day, Fellows help shape the futures of more than 22,800 students in our city. If you are ready to join this extraordinary network of teachers dedicated to improving opportunities for all Philadelphia students, apply now on TeacherTrack.
To hear former Teaching Fellows talk about their work and experience closing the achievement gap, please watch this video.