A Conversation with Elisa Villanueva Beard and Jemina Bernard of Teach for America

Reflecting on 35 years dedicated to fostering equity and excellence in education, this session offers an introspective look at Teach For America and the journey of transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and engaging nearly 70,000 alumni. Amid an increasingly polarized society where educational landscapes are constantly shifting; we delve into how Teach For America navigates these challenges while steadfastly pursuing its mission. This discussion will explore the strategies employed to lead through polarization, manage both external and internal transitions, and adapt organizational approaches and strategies. We will share pivotal lessons learned from decades of impact, offering guidance to others inspired to leave a lasting legacy in education. Join us for a deep dive into sustaining vision and mission in the face of evolving educational and societal landscapes.