There Are No Silver Bullets

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Kelly Morman

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Examining the role of Teach For America in education reform from an insider’s perspective as a current Corps Member, the author seeks to demonstrate how Teach For America is a partner in the larger education reform movement, not its silver bullet. Using anecdotes from her time in the classroom, the author seeks to place a human factor on the effects the achievement gap and inequitable education has on students and demonstrate how the only way to address these effects is to learn and adapt successful strategies from all who seek to reform American education.

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Kelly Morman

 

 

Kelly Morman is a 2011 graduate of Ohio Northern University with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. An Ohio native, she now lives in the Mississippi Delta along the banks of the Mississippi River in northwest Arkansas where she teaches high school Spanish as a 2011 Teach For America Corps Member. In addition to teaching Spanish I, II, and III courses, she is also active as Student Council and Spanish Club advisor at the high school. She serves the Mississippi Delta region as a Development Fellow and Learning Team leader and her local church as a lector. Upon the completion of her teaching commitment, Ms. Morman plans to attain her MPA in non-profit management and economic development from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, hoping to work for a non-profit that seeks to support transformational extracurricular experiences and activities for underserved student populations.