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Wendy Kopp on Improving Education Around the World

An Interview with the CEO and Cofounder of Teach For All
May 01, 2012
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Wendy Kopp

At a Glance

Born in Austin, Texas

Year Born: 1967


Bachelor of arts degree, Princeton University

Career Highlights

2007–present, cofounder and CEO, Teach For All

1989–present, founder and CEO, Teach For America

Outside Activities

Recognized as one of the Time 100 (Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People), and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service

Author, A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011)

Author, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000)


Wendy Kopp is CEO and cofounder of Teach For All, which is fueling a global movement for ensuring educational excellence and equity. The organization seeks to accelerate the impact of national organizations that are enlisting their nations’ most promising future leaders in the effort.

Kopp founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, 9,000 Teach For America corps members—top recent college graduates from all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in the highest-need urban and rural regions in the nation.  Teach For America has proved to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for educational change. Just four years into its development, Teach For All is a growing network of 23 independent organizations around the world, including the cofounding organizations Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First.

J. Puckett, a senior partner and managing director in the Dallas office of The Boston Consulting Group, recently spoke with Kopp about the challenge of equity in education around the world. The following are excerpts from their conversation.