Teach For America and Teach For All: Creating an Intermediary Organization Network for Global Education Reform

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Abstract

Locally and globally among policymakers and edupreneurs, what constitutes “good teaching and learning” is highly contested, and prototypes that seem to embody “what works” are highly valued. In the United States, many accept Teach For America (TFA) as an exemplar of “what works.” As its U.S. operations continue to grow, TFA has recalibrated and expanded into Teach for All, an international organization with extensive reach. Teach For All not only finds historic roots in TFA, but it reflects TFA’s intentional expansion of its theory of change and implementation on a global scale. This exploratory essay investigates the linkages between TFA and TFAll, focusing on theory and implementation of education reform by comparing domestic TFA ideology and practices with those of TFAll. Also, we conceptualize the dimensions and anatomy of a global network of IOs engaged in global education reform. In addition to providing insight on TFAll, our broader goal is to build the knowledge base around what we are calling global Intermediary Organization Networks (IONs).

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La Londe, P. G., Brewer, T. J., & Lubienski, C. A. (2015). Teach For America and Teach For All: Creating an Intermediary Organization Network for Global Education Reform. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23, 47. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v23.1829
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Teach For All
Author Biographies

Priya Goel La Londe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Priya G. La Londe is an advanced doctoral student of education policy, organization and leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She studies data and research use, K-12 program evaluation, international comparisons of incentivist policy, and social justice education.

T Jameson Brewer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

T. Jameson Brewer is an advanced Ph.D. student of educational policy and Associate Director of the Forum on the Future of Public Education at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on the impacts of privatization and marketization on public education by way of Teach For America, charter schools, and school vouchers.

Christopher A Lubienski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christopher Lubienski is professor of education policy and Director of the Forum on the Future of Public Education at the University of Illinois, and Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University. He studies the political economy of education policy in terms of both policymaking and effects, and leads a study of the role of intermediary organizations in shaping policymakers’ use of research.