23 episodes

Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer. Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

Truth For America Julian Vasquez Heilig

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer. Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

    Ep. 23 Is Teach For America as prestigious as it is perceived? — Truth For America

    Ep. 23 Is Teach For America as prestigious as it is perceived? — Truth For America

    Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer.

    Is Teach For America as prestigious as it is perceived? Julian Vasquez Heilig, T. Jameson Brewer and Barbara Veltri interview Angie Kraemer-Holland. Dr. Kraemer-Holland is the author of the study Skepticism, Gratitude, and the Neoliberal Narrative: TFA Teachers’ Conceptualization of Occupational Stature published in the Action in Teacher Education Journal. We discuss whether Teach For America is a prestigious choice or whether there are unintended negative consequences for Corps members.

    Copyright permission from REM for use of song "World Leader Pretend" in Truth For America podcast worldwide: https://www.dropbox.com/s/80jynkybgpz5r29/REM%20World%20Leader%20Pretend%20Permission.pdf?dl=0

    • 44 min
    Ep. 22 Choosing Teach For America?: The Ethical and Emotional dilemmas

    Ep. 22 Choosing Teach For America?: The Ethical and Emotional dilemmas

    Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA)that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, Dr. T. Jameson Brewer and Dr. Barb Veltri.

    This episode explores whether someone should support or choose Teach For America. The podcasts features special guests Professor Tom Pedroni (Wayne State University) and Jeremy Singer (former Detroit TFA corps member) to the discuss the ethical and emotional dilemmas of supporting and choosing Teach For America.

    Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

    Copyright permission from REM for use of song "World Leader Pretend" in Truth For America podcast worldwide: https://www.dropbox.com/s/80jynkybgpz5r29/REM%20World%20Leader%20Pretend%20Permission.pdf?dl=0

    • 38 min
    Ep. 21 TFA and Relay Occupy Early Childhood Education

    Ep. 21 TFA and Relay Occupy Early Childhood Education

    Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer.

    Episode 21 feature two TFA corps members that were assigned to early childhood education. We discuss their perspectives on the lack of relevance of the training that they received at TFA Summer Institute and the Relay Graduate School. They also discuss their departure from Teach For America, the required usage of their Americorps stipends for graduate school and many other issues.

    Dr. Barb Veltri guest hosts this episode.

    Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

    Copyright permission from REM for use of song “World Leader Pretend” in Truth For America podcast worldwide: www.dropbox.com/s/80jynkybgpz5r29…rmission.pdf?dl=0

    • 50 min
    Ep. 20 Will California force TFA to change their model?

    Ep. 20 Will California force TFA to change their model?

    Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer.

    In Episode 20, Jameson and Julian discuss and present the recent Calfornia Assembly Education Committee hearing of AB 221. AB 221 would require Teach For America to change their model from 2 to 5 year commitments. Also, TFA teachers would not be able to be placed in Low-Income schools. Finally, TFA would not be able to charge districts fees up to $5,000.

    Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

    Copyright permission from REM for use of song "World Leader Pretend" in Truth For America podcast worldwide: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21886773/Cloaking%20Inequity/REM%20World%20Leader%20Pretend%20Permission.pdf

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ep. 19 AB 221 Capitol Research Forum- Ban TFA?

    Ep. 19 AB 221 Capitol Research Forum- Ban TFA?

    Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer.

    Episode 19 was LIVE at a California state capitol research forum entitled: Should TFA be banned? The conversation features Dr. Kerry Kretchmar (Carroll University), Dr. Barb Veltri (North Arizona University), Dr. Lori Rhodes (Sonoma State), and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). Considering California Assembly Bill 221 (2019), which would ban TFA in low-income schools, the forum explored TFA research and experience. Asm. Garcia talks about her motivations for the bill and researchers discuss and review the research about TFA.

    Jameson wasn't able to make the forum because he was snowed in at the Denver airport.

    Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

    Copyright permission from REM for use of song "World Leader Pretend" in Truth For America podcast worldwide: https://www.dropbox.com/s/80jynkybgpz...

    • 48 min
    Ep. 18 How TFA network to make $$

    Ep. 18 How TFA network to make $$

    Truth For America is a podcast about Teach For America (TFA) that provides voice to educators, parents, students, and other key stakeholders. Truth For America is co-hosted by Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig and Dr. T. Jameson Brewer.

    Episode 18 featured Lynn Davenport, a Dallas public school parent. She discusses her research on no-bid contracts, social impact bonds, and how Teach For America corps members use networks to make $$ after they leave the classroom.

    Truth For America is sponsored by the Network for Public Education Action.

    Copyright permission from REM for use of song "World Leader Pretend" in Truth For America podcast worldwide: www.dropbox.com/s/80jynkybgpz5r29…rmission.pdf?dl=0

    • 24 min

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EndyPhD ,

TFA is the Devil

Not many podcasts have a host with the depth of knowledge that this one does. Put down the corporate Kool Aid and open your mind to what equity could really look like in public schools.

Adiamante13 ,

Sharp insights into Teach For America

If your media exposure is limited to mainstream sources, you might think of Teach For America as an idealistic project that brings bright young college grads into schools that need them. Host Julian Vasquez Heilig brings a different perspective, often sharing the voices of TFA alums who bring forth their own experiences to help us understand the problems with this missionary model of reform.

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