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Teach For All Counter-Narratives

International Perspectives on a Global Reform Movement

Edited By T. Jameson Brewer, Kathleen deMarrais and Kelly L. McFaden

Founded in 1989, Teach For America (TFA) has grown into a massive organization with a presence across the United States and has expanded internationally to 46 countries. TFA’s international expansion through Teach For All (TFAll) coincides with a broader exportation of neoliberal education reform ideologies across the globe. As a follow up to Teach For America Counter-Narratives: Alumni Speak Up and Speak Out (Peter Lang, 2015), this text is the first to provide a glimpse into the first-hand experiences of those impacted by the colonizing nature of TFAll and the global education reform movement of privatization.

T. Jameson Brewer, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Social Foundations of Education at the University of North Georgia. His teaching experience spans from the middle school, high school, undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. His research focuses on the impact of privatization of public education by way of school vouchers, charter schools, alternative teacher certification, homeschooling, and venture philanthropy.

Kathleen deMarrais is a professor in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. With a background in sociology and anthropology of education, she serves as a qualitative methodologist in UGA’s Qualitative Research Program. Her research focuses on qualitative methodologies, qualitative pedagogy, and the history and funding of conservative philanthropists in the United States and their impact on educational policy and practice.

Kelly L. McFaden, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Coordinator in the Social Foundations of Education program at the University of North Georgia. Previously a middle and high school teacher, she now focuses on teaching social justice and equity-based pedagogies to undergraduate and graduate students. Her research focuses on broad issues of social justice, gender and queer studies, and comparative and international education.