Moving from Idealism Towards Hope
Appendix D. Recommendations to TFA Staff on What Can Be Done to Better Support TFA Greater Philadelphia CMs
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Recommendations to TFA Staff on What Can Be Done to Better Support TFA Greater Philadelphia CMs
This study’s findings and the following outline of suggestions have been presented to the regional chair and leadership team of TFA Hawai’i in August, 2013; presented to Greater Philadelphia CMs, GSE staff, and TFA staff at the 2013 Penn GSE/TFA Capstone Conference; and shared with the TFAGP staff.
These are some immediate and actionable changes needed to better support CMs as individuals, as potential lifelong advocates for educational equity, and as current teachers. TFA needs to gather information on CMs’ actual experiences, engage in a process of critical action-reflection, and prioritize CMs’ mental health:
• Gather information on CMs’ mental health.
○ For an organization that deeply values and emphasizes the importance of data collection, it is amazing that little to no data is collected on CMs’ mental health. How are CMs, the supposed leaders of this educational revolution, actually doing? Aiden stated, “With the organization and the staff as a whole … I think that there is a certain culture that does try and stifle that kind of conversation [on behavioral health]. I think bringing this kind of conversation into daylight could help. It’s a hard to tackle.” ← 197 | 198 →
○ Add a page on mental health to the mandatory TFA survey so that the organization can know and address the struggle on a broader basis if needed. The survey...
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