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Chicago-Northwest Indiana’s Annual Alumni Impact Night

Join us on May 18th to help celebrate the outstanding work of the TFA alumni here, in Chicago-Northwest Indiana. All alumni are obviously welcome regardless of your corps year or region. We’ll also be having special spotlights for our 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014 alumni celebrating milestone reunion years.

Each ticket includes open bar, heavy passed h’dourves, music and so much fun!

Get your tickets today!

Big Changes to the Alumni Survey


Each year, Teach For America has sent you, alumni of the corps, a survey to ask where you are, what you’re doing, and, more or less, how you’re feeling about the movement for educational equity. You spoke, and we listened. Or rather, fewer and fewer of you spoke (proportionally), which sent one message loud and clear: Change the survey.

So that’s what’s happening. This year, a random sampling of alumni will receive a much shorter survey. (In regions with a relatively small base of alumni, all may receive it so we can be sure to get valid representative data.) Also, if you are selected to receive the survey, you can expect fewer emails urging you to complete it.

For alumni, the changes should lead to a simpler experience. For Teach For America, the pared-back survey should lead to more reliable and representative results and fewer overall staff hours spent, among other things, reminding alumni to complete their surveys.

Janis Ortega (N.Y. ’04) leads Teach For America’s alumni network strategy work. She says the survey has served as the organization’s primary national overview of alums’ experiences and attitudes, and as such, it has been a key driver of Teach For America’s evolving strategies. That will remain true, Ortega says, in its new iteration. “We don’t need to know everything about our alums at every turn, but we need to know enough about enough alums so we can operate from an informed standpoint.”