A group of Memphis-based Teach For America candidates is testing wireless headsets
in the classroom. A mentor located in another room provides feedback and support to the teacher through the headset, just like an NFL coach does to a quarterback. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Memphis TFA branch will study how teachers who wear the headsets adjust to leading a classroom compared with teachers who don't wear the headsets. The idea is that real-time professional development, which is made possible by the back-and-forth between teacher and mentor via headsets, will lower the learning curve of new teachers entering the TFA program.