Mr. Parello Sensei

Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap
Jun 14 2012

Institute: Reality vs. “Positive Messaging”

I received an email this morning from the TFA recruiting director at my alma mater.  He wanted alums to like the university’s TFA page on Facebook and give advice to new corps members about to start institute.  I was excited to give any advice to help new corps members avoid the disasters of my first…

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Institute is beginning soon for 2012 corps members, and I want to wish all new CMs good luck. I’d like to offer some quick thoughts on how TFA can improve its institutes, and brief suggestions on where corps members can turn if they don’t feel like they are getting what they need out of the…

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Jun 12 2012

Why I quit TFA after my first year

In 2007, I began teaching elementary school in Los Angeles, in what I expected to be the beginning of a long career.  I had always intended to go far beyond the two year commitment, and joined TFA primarily to be a part of the community, or the “movement” as it’s often called.  I never expected…

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