The North Carolina Piedmont Triad includes the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and the High Point. The region is widely known for its rich culture and heritage, but it is also has a strong legacy of student and community leadership rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, including the six courageous students who integrated Greensboro Schools in 1957 and the four who birthed the student-led sit-in movement in 1960. The people of the Triad community have a legacy of standing up for equity when it matters most that transcends to the present day.
In spite of the progress the region has made, there are still glaring gaps in education opportunity according to race, zip code, and income bracket. In 2012, 91% of white students in Guilford County scored proficient in math, as compared to 75% of Hispanic students, 66% of African American students, and 69% of students in low-income areas overall. With projections that nearly 60% of jobs in North Carolina will require more than a high school diploma by 2018, the stakes for our students have never been higher.
In 2013, Teach For America and Guilford County Schools initiated a partnership wherein TFA corps members would be placed in some of the district’s highest needs schools. Now in its second year of this partnership, our region has grown to include 51 corps members, many of whom are from or attended college in North Carolina, across 17 schools. As a region, we are committed to serving as a partner and asset in the local movement to reform education, working relentlessly to ensure that all children are given access to opportunities that will unequivocally broaden their life trajectory.