Closing the Achievement Gap in Northeastern North Carolina

Organization:
Teach for America
Amount:
$200,000.00
Program Area:
Open Grants Program
County of Applicant:
Durham
Description:

The purpose of this Golden LEAF grant is to provide continued support for Teach For America’s efforts to recruit, select, train and support highly sought-after recent college graduates to commit two years to teach in economically distressed and tobacco dependent counties located in eastern North Carolina. The project’s aim is for a minimum of 50 new corps members to be recruited, trained and placed in schools in 2010, to lead students to meet rigorous goals for academic growth during the 2010-11 school year. This will bring the total number of first- and second-year corps members working in the most economically distressed counties in eastern North Carolina to approximately 100 for the 2010-11 school year. Golden LEAF’s grant will also help support the first- and second-year corps members currently working in eastern North Carolina counties for the 2009-10 academic year. Golden LEAF’s funds will be used to recruit, select, and train accomplished college graduates to teach in Bertie, Edgecombe, Halifax, Northampton, Vance and Warren and other tobacco dependent and economically distressed areas of North Carolina and to provide professional development. The grant will also support efforts of Teach For America to increase retention of its alumni to teach for a third year in the counties that they serve and to increase the racial, geographic and economic diversity of its teachers.

Contact:
Ms. Erin Swanson Oschwald 324 Blackwell Street Bay 11 Durham, North Carolina 27701 (919) 597-7200
Areas Served:
Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington

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