Teach For America ranked UNC sixth among large schools on its 2010 list of colleges and universities contributing the most graduating seniors to its ranks. Carolina contributed 55 graduates to the teaching corps.
The University of Texas at Austin ranks first among large schools, with 80 graduates beginning their two-year Teach For America commitment this fall.
Teach For America hired more 2009 and 2010 Carolina graduates than any other employee, said Ray Angle, UNC Career Services director. A recent New York Times story reported that Teach For American hired more seniors than any other employer at Yale, Duke and Georgetown universities and at Dartmouth College.
Teach For America corps members are top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in underserved schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity. Teach For America recruits individuals from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, perseverance and leadership.
A new study from UNC compared the effects on student achievement of graduates from the UNC teacher-preparation system with teachers from other pathways, including Teach For America.
At every grade level and subject studied, students taught by Teach For America corps members did as well as or better than those taught by the traditionally prepared graduates. Middle school math students of Teach For America teachers received the equivalent of an extra half-year of learning.