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Wendy Kopp-Founder and CEO, Teach for America (4/21/11)


Wendy Kopp

Founder and CEO, Teach for America; Author, A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All

Dr. Colleen Wilcox, Board of Governor and Executive Director, Alliance for Teaching - Moderator

On Teach For America’s 20th anniversary, founder Kopp draws on the experiences of the organization’s 25,000 teachers and alumni who, driven by passionate belief in their students’ potential, have set out to accomplish what most think is impossible. Through engaging stories from the front lines of the achievement gap, Kopp offers a provocative exploration of what’s driving the unprecedented success in a growing number of low-income communities’ classrooms, schools and districts. She will identify what she firmly believes will provide transformational education – education that changes the academic and life trajectories predicted by children’s socioeconomic backgrounds and our nation's future.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club's Silicon Valley branch in Palo Alto on April 21, 2011