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Wendy Kopp

Wendy Kopp is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Teach For All, and the Chief Executive Officer 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).

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Teach For All
Hybrid Social Enterprise
Education, Skills and Learning; Values
Areas of Impact
ASEAN, Australasia & Oceania, Greater China, Japan, North America, Africa, South Asia, Europe, Middle East & North Africa

Teach For All

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.


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