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Wendy Kopp

An Open Letter to Teach for America

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

I am no fan of the TFA program. I do not believe that five or six weeks of training -- in a controlled environment, to boot -- is in any way sufficient to prepare you for the classroom.

Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Peter Dreier

You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.

When It Comes to Education Reform, Which Political Party Is the Stupid Party?

Marc Epstein | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Marc Epstein

Listen to any conservative talk show host and they'll regularly remind their audience that the Republicans are the party of ideas and that their books consistently top the best-seller charts. But for some undiagnosed reason they've managed to win only two of the past six presidential elections.

Why All The Teach For America Hate?

Lauren Boyle | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Lauren Boyle

In the last few months, the non-profit powerhouse Teach for America (TFA) has incurred heavy criticism, much of it coming from alumni. In one blog po...

Doctor for America to Debut This Fall

Rick Ayers | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Rick Ayers

In a new and dramatic initiative, education wunderkind Wendy Kopp has launched her new initiative, Doctor for America. DFA will recruit graduating college seniors to staff our most needy hospitals.

3 Myths About Changing the World

Wendy Kopp | Posted 07.19.2013 | College
Wendy Kopp

When I started Teach For America, I wasn't trying to come up with an idea that would change the world. I was trying to solve a problem much closer to home: I was a senior in college and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life! I'm sure that doesn't sound at all familiar.

An Open Letter to Wendy Kopp

Kate Casas | Posted 04.17.2013 | Impact
Kate Casas

The work you have done to ensure that the network of brilliant people dedicated to improving outcomes for kids is deep and broad is an invaluable asset.

The Global Search for Education: Teach All

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"Teach For America exists to address the incredible gaps in educational outcomes that persist along racial and socio-economic lines in our country. We believe this is the greatest civil rights issue of our generation."

Has Teach For America Betrayed Its Mission?

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon Aug 16 (Reuters) - When Wendy Kopp, just out of Princeton, founded Teach for America in 1989, she d...

Who Joins Teach for America? The Answer May Surprise You

Wendy Kopp | Posted 08.27.2012 | Education
Wendy Kopp

In the past two years, Teach For America has nearly doubled the number of African American corps members from 390 to 720, and has increased the number of Latino corps members from 300 to 550.

In Defense of Facing Reality

Diane Ravitch | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education
Diane Ravitch

We will have to learn to hold two ideas at the same time: We must both reduce poverty and improve our schools. We cannot fix our schools without strengthening the teaching profession and addressing the social conditions that shape their outcomes.

In Defense of Optimism in Education

Wendy Kopp | Posted 05.13.2012 | Education
Wendy Kopp

Now that there's more concrete evidence than ever before that it is possible to give our nation's most disadvantaged children an excellent education, we have a moral imperative to step up.

Matt Damon And Mom Reject Award Nomination

Posted 01.14.2013 | Education

Matt Damon and his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, have declined a nomination for the Friend of Education award from the National Education Association'...

Hope for the Holidays

Bill George | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
Bill George

No doubt the road ahead will be filled with challenges and pitfalls, but, with help, we believe these emerging leaders will replace cynicism with hope, callousness with compassion, and destructive self-interest with creation of societal gains.

Teach For America Faces Slew Of Questions, Criticism, Amid Big Expansion

AP | By CHRISTINE ARMARIO | Posted 01.27.2012 | Education

MIAMI -- In a distressed neighborhood north of Miami's gleaming downtown, a group of enthusiastic but inexperienced instructors from Teach for America...

Joy Resmovits

Teach For America Gives Detroit A Second Try

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.17.2011 | Detroit

When Brenda Belcher, principal of the new Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, interviewed Mo Torres this past summer for a position t...

Who Is America's Most Influential Educator?

John Merrow | Posted 08.28.2011 | Education
John Merrow

A month or so ago, I speculated about the most influential person in American education, then put forth four nominees -- Wendy Kopp, Big Bird, Arne Duncan and Joel Klein.

Is Teach for America Becoming 'Too Big to Fail?'

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.31.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Some hail it as the solution to our need for highly qualified teachers in every classroom. Others define it as a stopgap measure based on a model so transitory to make it dangerous at best, and racist at worst.

Seattle's Education Reform Hypocrisy

Sue Peters | Posted 07.26.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

On May 11, the University of Washington's College of Education announced it would sponsor Teach for America at its teaching college, providing the missing component to the deal that TFA, Inc.

Rahm as "Da Bachelor" and Other Reality TV Ideas for Chicago's Schools

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.30.2011 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Education is getting to be more and more like reality TV all the time. A few years ago, no one talked about public schools. Now there are two-day Oprah shows about them.

Letters to Wendy: Pre-Service Teachers React to Teach for America

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

The thought that people with "higher" degrees can aimlessly teach the most at risk children without proper preparation and training is false and cruel.

20 Years On, The Influence Of Teach For America Is A Mixed Bag

John Merrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John Merrow

There's no question that Wendy Kopp and Teach for America have changed the landscape and made a significant contribution. But let's not pretend that it's all good or all bad.

Rebutting 7 Myths About Teach for America

Whitney Tilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Whitney Tilson

There are no silver bullets or 100 percent solutions. In reality, we need 100 1 percent solutions -- and TFA is clearly one.

When Schools Get in the Way of Education

Susan Sawyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Susan Sawyers

Wendy Kopp sat down Tuesday night with writer Malcolm Gladwell at the New York Public Library, to talk about education as a way to overcome poverty.

Education Policy: Letting Teachers in on the Conversation

Elizabeth Hampton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elizabeth Hampton

Individuals who yield greatest influence on what happens in our schools are not actually in our schools. This schism causes a separation between what should happen and what does happen.