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Teach for America—North Carolina

Program that Works


A national effort that places new teachers in low-income urban and rural communities. Participants commit to two years of teaching after an intensive five-week training program. Coaching from program directors continues throughout the two years, and teachers have access to rich online support materials. Teachers are compensated through regular teacher pay as well as over $10,000 for student loans or future graduate school costs.

Target Population

Low-income and underserved students in North Carolina


Decrease educational inequity and fill gaps in capacity of school districts though the recruitment of new, well-trained teachers

Program Highlights

  • Applicants from all majors and professions are encouraged to apply for a position in the program.
  • The program offers a student loan forbearance program and access to exclusive scholarships from graduate schools.
  • Sixty-five percent of program alumni remain in field of education.

The Facts

Multiple schools throughout Eastern North Carolina
Not Specified


Higher Education

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Bain & Company
  • CISCO Systems
  • Glenview Capital Management
  • The Neuberger Berman Foundation
  • Visa
  • Wachovia

Non-Profit / Philanthropy


  • Americorps

Evidence of Impact

Level 3– The program has been rigorously evaluated over multiple years, and demonstrates statistically significant positive outcomes. Although they only account for 3% of the state’s teachers, Teach for America teachers were more prepared for the classroom than teachers from other tracks. Positive effects were seen on math, English, and science test scores. As compared to the traditional UNC teacher training, Teach for America teachers performed on the same level or better in all examined school subjects.

Teacher Preparation and Student Test Scores in North Carolina: Provides a comparison of Teach for America teacher outcomes and those from other portals, such as undergraduate, graduate, and out of state preparation.

Longitudinal modeling of data
Teach for America is a national program, though some other locations have had mixed results.

Contact Information

Robyn Schryer Fehrman[Email Hidden - Click to View]
324 Blackwell Street
Bay 11, Suite 1160
Durham,  NC  27701
(919) 597-7200

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