Seven hundred school leaders of color — including over 10 from Uncommon — gathered in Las Vegas on February 7 for Teach for America’s annual conference. This year, the focus was on resilient leadership and providing school leaders with inspiration and motivation to continue the work of supporting young people of color in achieving their dreams.
The experience overall was a positive one, and many of our leaders (who are also TFA alumni), came away with a renewed energy and sense of purpose for their work.
Here are some highlights:
“It was inspiring to be in a room full of leaders who share similar backgrounds working daily on behalf of kids.” — Julie Jackson, Uncommon Schools President, TFA ‘94
“[It was] amazing to be surrounded by leaders of color who are grounded in similar values. Our fellowship was truly a blessing – I felt welcomed, valued and loved by my Uncommon Family.” — Titciana Barros, Roxbury Prep High School Principal, TFA ‘11
“As a first-time attendee I was overwhelmed to see, connect with, and learn from a collective of leaders from across the nation who shared in my identity, enthusiasm, and commitment to excellence.” — Denarius Frazier, Principal Fellow, TFA ‘14
In addition to workshops and plenaries, Uncommon leaders also met with other TFA members and talked about the work we do at Uncommon Schools.
Thank you to everyone who attended the conference. It takes a village and together, we can bring about the change we desire to ensure each and every child gets the education they deserve to achieve their dreams.