Teach For America Week in the Delta, which takes place from

Feb.23 - March 3, engages local leaders in helping underserved students

by guest teaching.

Teach For America Week in the Delta, which takes place from
Feb.23 - March 3, engages local leaders in helping underserved students
by guest teaching. Guest teachers spend time in Teach For America corps
member classrooms teaching lessons that connect the curriculum to real
life. Community leaders have signed up to be guest teachers in
classrooms in the Delta and across the country to show their support for
Teach For America's mission to end educational inequity.

                  WHO, WHEN & WHERE:   

 Pete Johnson, Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority

Tues., Feb. 24 from 8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

Coahoma County High School - 1525 Lee Drive, Clarksdale, MS

Teaching economics n Brian Seay's classroom

 Lynn Espy, Employment Exec. Dir. of Clarksdale Area Habitat for Humanity

Tues., Feb. 24 from 8:40 - 9:30 a.m.

Myrtle Hall IV Elementary School - 700 5th St, Clarksdale, MS

Teaching 2nd grade reading in Travis Starkey's classroom

 Ed Pat Wright, Owner of Hickory Hill Pharmacy

Thurs., Feb. 26 from 11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

Central High School - 103 School Road, West Helena, AR

Teaching chemistry in Amanda Dorsey's classroom

 Shonda Warner, Founder of Chess Capital

Mon., March 2 from 12:20 - 1:15 p.m.

Oakhurst Junior High School - 120 West Second St., Clarksdale, MS

Teaching 7th grade math in Alex Ball's classroom

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college
graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural
public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational
opportunity. This year, 6,200 corps members are teaching in over 1,600
schools in 29 regions across the country while more than 14,000 Teach
For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of
education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational
excellence and equity.
A growing body of rigorous research demonstrates the effectiveness of
Teach For America corps members as classroom teachers. New data from a
study of Louisiana's teacher education programs indicate that
participants in the Louisiana Practitioner Teacher Program-the majority
of whom are Teach For America corps members-outperform both beginning
and experienced teachers in mathematics, reading, and language arts.  An
Urban Institute study published in 2008 found that high school students
taught by Teach For America teachers outperform their peers, even those
taught by fully certified teachers.