About the Project
Teach For India (TFI) recruits the highest-quality university graduates and young professionals, who drive student achievement and become lifelong leaders able to effect systemic change. For the 2013 Fellowship, it received 11,260 applications and selected and matriculated 480, or 4.3 percent, of them – those with the most exceptional track records of leadership and demonstrated commitment to the cause. TFI then provides participants with rigorous training and professional development. Training begins with an intensive five-week residential course, led by international experts, and continues with weekly training sessions and support from mentor teachers, throughout the two years. The Fellows are then placed for two years in full-time teaching positions, with clear accountability for their classrooms, in areas with educational inequality where impact on student achievement will be maximized. An extensive rubric is used to determine which schools are chosen, with emphasis on the need within those schools, and their willingness to partner. Finally, it provides support that streamlines and clarifies paths to leadership, in order to eliminate educational inequality. This includes arranging summer internships between the first and second years of the Fellowship, hosting an “Action Curriculum” where Fellows can prepare themselves for different career paths, and a job-placement cell.