Temp Keller

Ashoka Fellow
San Francisco, United States
Fellow Since 2004
My Work: supporting urban teachers so students can thrive.


This profile was prepared when Temp Keller was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Numerous creative and inspired programs have risen in the past few decades to provide effective curriculum and recruit motivated teachers for low-income public schools in the United States. Unfortunately, very few of them offer support and recognition to urban teachers past their first two years on the job. As a result, burnout is high even among teachers committed to serving poor communities, and public schools find themselves trapped in a vicious cycle of high turnover and endless recruiting needs. While most people know the inspirational power that truly great teachers can have, the United States public education system repeatedly fails to retain such teachers in the schools that need them the most.

Temp Keller founded Resources for Indispensable Schools and Educators (RISE) to fill this critical gap and address the underlying factors that drive teacher attrition. The RISE network identifies, recognizes, and supports teachers who demonstrate that they can make concrete improvement in student achievement. The network provides its members with the tools and encouragement they need to continue their service to poor neighborhoods. The organization matches members with low-income schools that are prescreened to ensure administrative support, and even provides financial rewards to help teachers supply their classrooms with needed resources. Finally, RISE serves as a professional network for its teachers, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and best practices.
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