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    MAY 19, 2005
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Teach for America training program
coming to Temple this summer

This fall, they’ll be in classrooms from the Mississippi Delta to New York City, Phoenix to Los Angeles, South Louisiana to Chicago.

But for five weeks this summer, approximately 750 future teachers in the national Teach for America program will hone their skills on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Temple will host the summer institute training for Teach for America’s northeastern region, the first ever held in Philadelphia, June 26–July 30.

During their time on campus, the budding teachers will live in University housing and will attend work sessions, workshops and professional development courses, and will complete their Teach for America coursework in Temple classrooms, according to Lisa Prestileo, coordinator of off-campus living and summer conferences for the University. Additionally, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, Teach for America corps members will work as teachers in the district’s summer program.

“Teach for America is an amazing program, and we’re very happy to have them join us,” said Prestileo.

Since 1990, more than 12,000 outstanding college graduates from all disciplines have joined Teach for America. Graduates commit two years to teach in low-income and urban and rural communities in an effort to eliminate educational inequities.

This fall, 220 Teach for America corps members will teach in almost 50 schools in the lowest-income areas of Philadelphia. Teach for America and the city school district have been in partnership since 2003.

Of the approximate 750 participants in the Philadelphia summer institute, 125 will remain in the Philadelphia School District for the 2005-06 school year. The others will teach in Teach for America’s program in 21 other urban and rural communities across the country. Summer institutes are also being held in Los Angeles and Houston this year.

Before moving to Philadelphia and Temple, the summer institute for northeastern region was held in Now York City, through a partnership with Fordham University and the New York City Department of Education.

Currently, 3,000 corps members teach in more than 1,000 schools across the country. For more about Teach for America, go to www.teachforamerica.org.

– By Barbara Baals