Teacher retention is an ongoing challenge in K-12 education. According to CERRA, 42% of South Carolina teachers with five or fewer years of experience left the classroom during the 2020-2021 academic year. As a result, TFASC provides intensive support to our teachers during and after their two-year commitment through their certification processes, our SC Impact Fellowship program, and our continued networking opportunities.
During their first two years in the classroom, TFASC teachers are certified under a provisional teaching license. In order to earn their professional certification, TFASC teachers must teach for a third year in South Carolina, complete graduate-level continuing education courses from a TFASC partner university, and pass the Praxis PLT test.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, 73% of our teachers decided to teach for a third year in South Carolina classrooms beyond their two-year commitment. When deciding to stay in the classroom, our teachers consistently maintain high-quality teaching and learning at schools that desperately need tenured teachers in place. And those who don’t stay in the classroom still gain invaluable first-hand knowledge of what ails our education system and become lifelong advocates for systemic change.
SC Impact Fellowship
TFASC’s SC Impact Fellowship (formally known as the Second Tour Fellowship) creates pathways for excellent teachers to develop as leaders and work long-term to expand educational equity in South Carolina. The fellowship recruits veteran teachers from outside of South Carolina, while also furthering the development of our “homegrown” leaders in South Carolina. Fellows commit to teach for two years in a TFASC partner school district while pursuing one of three fellowship tracks aligned to their professional goals and interests.
As a fellow, our teachers receive certification and continuing education, professional development opportunities, a yearly stipend, and a moving stipend if relocating from outside of South Carolina.
No matter what path our teachers choose, they have an ever-expanding network of colleagues who are ready to support and lead alongside them. Currently, there are more than 360 alumni in South Carolina who are working to expand opportunity and access for all children. The state’s alumni network includes:
- School and School System Leaders
- Higher Education Leaders
- Education Nonprofit Leaders
- Policy and Advocacy Leaders
- Social Entrepreneurs
From classrooms to districts to statehouses, we’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence, and to lead.