Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out
Edited By Jameson T. Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais
This book – the first of its kind – provides alumni of TFA with the opportunity to share their insight on the organization. And perhaps more importantly, this collection of counter-narratives serves as a testament that many of the claims made by TFA are, in fact, myths that ultimately hurt teachers and students. No longer will alumni voices be silenced in the name of corporate and neoliberal education reform.
Chapter Three: Productive Mistakes: Teacher Mentorship and Teach For America
Productive Mistakes: Teacher Mentorship and Teach For America
BRENDON JOBS Philadelphia, Summer 2005
The son of Trinidadian immigrants, Brendon currently teaches world history, African American history, and sociology at the Girard Academic Music Program in Philadelphia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a master’s certificate in secondary education from the Penn Graduate School of Education as a Philadelphia Teaching Fellow. He returned to Penn as a James Madison Fellow to earn an M.S.Ed. in teaching, learning and curriculum with a focus on gender and education. Last year he completed the National Board Teaching Certification process. Beyond the classroom, he affiliates with Teacher Action Group (TAG), a group of like-minded teachers working to organize, innovate, and empower other educators throughout Philly in the midst of this politically orchestrated school funding crisis. His experience includes work as a Lehman Fellow, a National Constitution Center Annenberg Fellow, and an Education Pioneer Fellow with the SEED Foundation in Washington, D.C. He is an advocate for public education interested in developing structures that support diversity and student voice in school communities. He also currently participates in the Black Male Educator Roundtable out of Penn GSE’s newly formed Center for the Study of Race and Equity. ← 33 | 34 →
I’ve never been a good test taker. Predetermined expectations tend to block my growth and development—they always have. But even in the test-heavy climate of...
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