By Krista Kay (Alpha Pi Chapter ‘02, Director of Leadership Advancement)
Monday, May 13
The 2013 Alternative Break Project is officially underway. After spending time in the classrooms with our assigned teachers, our day concluded with a dinner and presentation from the regional Teach For America office.
TC Howe High School is unique in that is a state-appointed turnaround school in its first year of reform. Many of the teachers are first-year teachers, some even graduating as recently as this past December, and all of them are working tirelessly to bring the current graduation rate above 50%.
Although the administration is new and has faced some challenges, the teachers and students are very excited to end the year with the Alternative Break Project. One teacher even shared how impactful the resource rooms will be for both the moral and motivation of their students.
Our classroom experiences varied, depending on grade, but we all learned first-hand that educational inequity is a reality.
Following our day in the classroom, the staff at the Teach For America Indianapolis office graciously provided us with dinner and a discussion about Teach For America’s impact in Indianapolis. Brothers learned about the support provided by the office, as well as the schedule of a corps member.
My biggest takeaway from today is that TC Howe could be any high school in America. It’s the passion and dedication of the staff to the students they serve day-in and day-out that makes progress possible. In the end, it’s all for the kids.