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Brown to partner with TFA

May 17, 2011

Teach for America members can now work toward a master’s degree at Brown University while teaching full-time in local public schools. Sounds exhausting, but organizers say teachers accepted to the joint program will enroll part-time in Brown’s urban education policy department.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Brown University,” said Heather Tow-Yick, executive director of Teach for America in Rhode Island, in a written statement. “Brown’s UEP program, over two years while teachers are teaching full time, will offer a great learning opportunity to understand how policy impacts the classroom.”

Brown has admitted seven teachers from Teach for America who will start this summer in the program focused on policy analysis, planning, and development in urban public schools. University officials say they also have partnerships with Teach for America to offer two-year deferrals, waived admissions fees and in some case scholarships for corps members pursuing degrees in several other departments, including mathematics.

Brown students apply to Teach for America in large numbers. Roughly 13 percent of the class of 2010 tried to get a spot in the selective teacher training program.

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