Our Approach

South Carolina’s educational challenges are deeply rooted. To help solve these challenges, our contribution is through leadership – finding, developing, supporting, and retaining teachers who will advance educational excellence and equity.

The Critical First Two Years

The first two years in the classroom are critical in a teacher’s development. During this period, teachers learn the positive or negative habits that will last their entire career. These initial years are when they develop a passion for teaching or leave the profession altogether.

We provide intensive support to our teachers early in their careers. Teachers sign a two-year commitment when they join TFASC. Then, they receive ongoing training, coaching, and professional development from TFASC that enables them to improve student performance in the state’s most under-resourced school districts.

Before their first day of school, TFASC teachers attend our rigorous summer training program that focuses on lesson planning and pedagogy, content specialization, classroom teaching with observation, and Praxis support. We complement this initial preparation with continual evaluation and skill development through one-on-one coaching and support from veteran educators for the next four semesters.

Lifelong Impact

After successfully completing their initial two-year commitment, many TFASC teachers stay in the classroom and make a career out of teaching. 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.

Our Intensive Support Model

  • National recruitment with in-person interviews to find outstanding and diverse candidates who demonstrate leadership skills, grit, resilience, and academic achievement
  • “Homegrown leadership” recruitment
  • Racial Equity Institute training
  • Summer teacher training program
  • Praxis support
  • Teacher orientation
  • Sessions with TFASC coaches
  • Fall and spring professional development conferences
  • Ongoing classroom observations and feedback
  • Second Tour Fellows program
  • Continued professional development, networking opportunities, and career support
The additional layer of support that TFASC provided as a first- and second-year teacher was pivotal. Our education system would be different if teachers were given more support. It’s hard to expect equity for our students if there isn’t equity for the ones teaching them.
— Shemia Yearwood
Assistant Principal, Southside Middle School

The additional layer of support that TFASC provided as a first- and second-year teacher was pivotal. Our education system would be different if teachers were given more support. It’s hard to expect equity for our students if there isn’t equity for the ones teaching them.