STEM Teaching Grants

Teach for America To Receive $500,000 Infusion

Teach for America, a national nonprofit that specializes in recruiting talented educators for high-need regions and schools, will receive a $500,000 contribution from petroleum giant ExxonMobil, the company announced earlier this month.

In 2004, the organization launched an initiative to expand the number of math and science teachers in what it calls its "corps" to 4,000 by 2015. Teach for America has said it will use the grant money specifically to help recruit and train math and science teachers in public schools in low-income communities in Dallas, Houston, southern Louisiana, and Washington, DC.

Teach for America said the funds will also support its intensive program of pre-service training and ongoing professional development and mentoring for those who take on the special challenges of teaching in these areas.

Wendy Kopp, CEO and founder of Teach for America, acknowledged ExxonMobil's 16 years of support for the organization, "which enables us to bring thousands of talented and committed math and science teachers to schools where they have a profound impact of inspiring the next generation of math, science, and engineering professionals."

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