Joining President LaForge is Brianna Conley, Director of Institute Operations for TFA’s Delta Institute.
Teach For America was started in 1989 as a senior thesis project for Wendy Kopp, a Princeton University student. At the time, school districts across the nation were facing teacher shortages, and Ms. Kopp had the idea of recruiting high-performing college graduates to teach in high-need urban and rural schools.
In 1991, two years after its founding, Teach For America began placing teachers in the Mississippi Delta. In 2009, Delta State University was selected as the eighth national training location for the organization and the first in a rural area, joining Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.
Earlier this month, Delta State welcomed the ninth group of corps members and staff members from Teach For America to campus for the 2018 TFA Delta Institute. Following the completion of their six-week training program, participants will spend two years teaching in regions such as Appalachia, Arkansas, Louisiana Delta, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
In other news on campus, the second term Summer school session begins today, and tomorrow, July 3 is the last day to register for the summer program. If you are interested in registering for summer school classes, visit our website at www.deltastate.edu.
All campus offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in recognition of Independence Day. We hope members of the DSU family will enjoy their day off work to celebrate this important holiday.
To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.