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.