This June, Marian University welcomed nearly 200 future educators, including 94 Teach For America (TFA) Corps Members, 85 Indianapolis Teaching Fellows (ITF), and 15 full-time master of arts bridge to teaching (MBT) students to campus.
At a ceremony welcoming the students on June 1, Lindan Hill, Ph.D., director of graduate studies, told students, “This is hard work, but with grit and perseverance, you will be able to make an impactful difference with the inner-city children we serve.”
Marian University students in ITF and TFA will start their teaching careers in more than 50 pre-k-12 schools in the Indianapolis community, serving more than 2,500 students.
The university’s partnerships with ITF and TFA provide teacher candidates with state licensure coursework and the ability to earn the master of arts in teaching degree. Marian University places teacher candidates in high-need schools and subject areas throughout Indianapolis public and charter schools.
Indianapolis Teaching Fellows is a partnership between Indianapolis area districts and charter schools and The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the gap by ensuring that high-need students get outstanding teachers. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP partners with school districts and states to implement scalable responses to their most acute teacher quality challenges.
Teach For America was founded in 1990 by Princeton graduate Wendy Kopp with a mission to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting newly trained teachers to serve in low-income school districts. TFA now serves over 26 urban and rural communities with 5,000 corps members.