Making All Children Count: Teach For All and the Universalizing Appeal of Data

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American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting

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Chicago, IL


Teach For All is a global organization that emerged in 2007 from the combined efforts of Teach For America (US), Teach First (UK), and a group of international social entrepreneurs to bring their particular model of teacher education reform to the rest of the world. In this paper, we argue that in order to bind the specificities and the special conditions of each context to the universal/izing statement of problems and solutions that TFAll proposes, what is needed is a shared set of discursive practices shaped around the notion of data. Our goal is to question the logics of this set of discursive practices, and outline our skepticism regarding how data is mobilized to produce particular subjectivities and objects.