On Teach For America's twentieth anniversary, its founder offers an inspiring summation of the lessons learned: The achievement gap can be closed, and there's nothing elusive about what it will take
Since 1990, Teach For America has been building a movement to end educational inequity. Now its founder, Wendy Kopp, shares the lessons learned from the experiences of 25,000 teachers and alumni who have taught in low-income communities during those years—lessons that inspire great optimism.
Kopp introduces leaders who, driven by passionate belief in their students' potential, have set out to accomplish what most think impossible at the classroom, school, and system levels. Their examples show that it is possible to provide children facing all the challenges of poverty with an excellent education, and that there is nothing magical about what it takes. What's required are the same ingredients that account for success in any sector: visionary leaders who can attract and develop talented staff, build strong cultures, and continuously improve, and who are willing to do whatever is necessary.
America's failure to educate millions of children to fulfill their potential is a crisis that strikes at our fundamental ideals and health as a nation. A Sense of Possibility offers tangible evidence that we can change direction, and provide all children the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Wendy Kopp is the founder and president of Teach For America and the author of One Day, All Children. She lives in New York City. Steven Farr, Teach for America's vice president for knowledge development and public engagement, is also the author of Teaching as Leadership.
Pub date: 02/28/12
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