Teach For America Eastern North Carolina Region is so grateful for our existing supporters. All gifts help our effort to recruit, select, train and support corps members and alumni. Our corporate, foundation and public supporters along with our individual supporters listed are total gifts for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.
About Eastern North Carolina
If you travel through the 13 counties that make up the Eastern North Carolina region, you’ll see abandoned mills and factories, relics of the industries that once boomed in these small communities. This area was once thriving, but the decline of textile production and other manufacturing in the region led to widespread unemployment and impoverishment. Today, 25 percent of children in the state—over 500,000 in number—live in poverty, and the rural communities of Eastern North Carolina are home to the highest concentrations of impoverished families. As a result, there are huge disparities in educational opportunities for the kids in the region: 47 percent of African American students, 52 percent of Hispanic students, and 48 percent of economically disadvantaged students in grades three through eight are performing below their grade levels.
Still, Eastern North Carolina is a breathtaking and inspiring place, and its communities are working toward unprecedented success in classrooms by developing leaders in education, and investing in long term changes. Eastern North Carolina was one of Teach For America’s original sites in 1990, and we have strong roots in the communities here. This allows us to cluster corps members together in schools so they build strong relationships with each other and with other teachers both in and out of school.
Today, 277 corps members teach at every grade level, and almost 700 alumni lead in a variety of sectors across the region. Independent studies in North Carolina have demonstrated that our teachers have an immediate and pronounced effect on student achievement, and with the opportunities provided by the expansion in community partnerships across the region, there has never been a more exciting time to fight for the kids of Eastern North Carolina.
Teaching in Eastern North Carolina
Are You From North Carolina?
While great teachers come from all backgrounds, we believe that people with a personal tie to this historic place – whether through alma mater or hometown – have the potential to make a profound additional impact with our local students.
Building on our state’s legacy of homegrown leadership, Teach For America is partnering with the state to form the North Carolina Teacher Corps. This initiative will increase the number of North Carolinians leading local classrooms.
Along with the full continuum of research-based programming received by all corps members, members of the NCTC will have the opportunity to engage directly with community leaders from across the state and to share their perspectives and recommendations on how to retain more homegrown talent in high-need NC classrooms and communities to move us forward.
North Carolina Needs You
- 17% of North Carolina kids scored high enough on the ACT to be considered college ready by the Board of Education.
- According to the 2011-12 North Carolina state test, children from low-income households were about 30% less likely to be proficient in reading and mathematics.
- 31% of North Carolina 8th graders were proficient in reading, including only 14% of black students, 22% of Latino students, and 18% of low income students.
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