Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Wendy Kopp - Teach for America

Wendy Kopp (Teach for America) spoke at World Innovation Forum about the major challenges education faces. Your education opportunities depend on where you are born. How fair is that?

Teach for America's mission (from their web site)

Our mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising future leaders in the effort.

We recruit outstanding recent college graduates from all backgrounds and career interests to commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. We provide the training and ongoing support necessary to ensure their success as teachers in low-income communities.

The challenge is to change things at a system wide model. There is evidence that it is possible.

It is appropriate for her to be speaking at an Innovation Forum.

She is trying to change education. She speaks to having 10's of thousands of Teach for America alumnus who will change the world.

She does preach optimism and feels there is a solution and that it is not rocket science - it is about leadership, accountability, culture, continuous improvement etc. Sounds like running a great company.


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