Wendy Kopp

Teach For All
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Teach For All expands educational opportunity internationally by increasing and accelerating the impact of independent social enterprises that enlist their nations’ most promising future leaders in addressing educational need.

Focus: Education
Geographic Area of Impact: Latin America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North Africa
Model: Hybrid Non-Profit
Number of Direct Beneficiaries: +800,000 students
Annual Budget: US$ 14.8 million (2012)
Recognition: Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum

Teach For All supports and connects a global network of national organizations to advance educational opportunity in their countries. Each organization in the network, launched by a local entrepreneur, enlists its nation’s most promising leaders to teach in high-need areas for two years and, in the long term, drive systemic changes from within and outside the education sector. The network’s founding partner organizations, Teach For America and Teach First, have over the past combined 32 years demonstrated an ability to increase student achievement while building a national leadership force to drive systemic change.

Teach For All was launched in response to demand from entrepreneurs around the world seeking to start Teach For America and Teach First-like enterprises in their own countries. These enterprises provide high-calibre teachers who lead students to significant academic achievement, despite poverty and the limited capacity of their countries’ schools. These enterprises also address long-term educational needs by cultivating future leaders with the perspective and conviction that comes from teaching successfully in high-need communities. Teach For All helps these organizations learn from each other by sharing resources and experience, enabling them to have a greater impact sooner. Since 2007, 21 countries have launched new programmes supported by Teach For All, while entrepreneurs from other countries explore the model.

Innovation and Activities
Teach For All exists to address global educational needs and enable students to realize their full potential. A child’s background often determines their educational and life prospects. Poverty, discrimination, social mobility and political structures create challenges for students, and in certain cases, entire societies. Many school systems lack the capacity to help students attain a quality education, and prevailing beliefs have not led to the necessary policy investments to address these issues.

Teach For All supports a network of partner organizations that are growing leaders within their countries to ensure all children have access to an excellent education. These network organizations are enlisting outstanding university graduates to commit two years to teach in areas of educational need; providing significant training and ongoing support to enable these teaching participants to succeed with students; and fostering a community of alumni who become leaders in the classroom and education, to effect the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational opportunity for all.

In fiscal year 2012 alone, the Teach For All network will collectively field more than 14,000 teachers who will impact the lives of nearly one million students. Meanwhile, a force of roughly 26,000 alumni are now serving as advocates for educational equity, working from across professional sectors to ensure all children have the educational opportunities they deserve.

The Entrepreneur
Wendy Kopp is CEO and co-Founder of Teach For All, and the CEO and Founder of Teach For America. She proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis in 1989 and has spent +20 years working to grow the organization’s impact. She was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2008, and received numerous honorary degrees and awards. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000). She holds a Bachelor's from Princeton University.