Quotes by: Wendy Kopp

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Wendy Kopp
Kopp at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2012
Born Wendy Sue Kopp
(1967-06-29) June 29, 1967 (age 49)
Austin, TX
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University
Occupation Founder, Teach For America CEO and Co-Founder, Teach For All

Competition and competitive rhetoric can be healthy. It's what drove the United States to pursue the Soviet Union into space, creating countless innovations along the way.
Wendy Kopp
In the long run, we will need many more African-American, Latino, and Native American leaders, and leaders from low-income communities, who can bring additional insight and a deeply grounded sense of urgency, and who are the most likely to inspire the necessary trust and engagement among students' parents and community leaders.
Wendy Kopp
It gets to whether we're a teacher-education model or a movement for social justice. I would say we're about the latter.
Wendy Kopp
School boards can be a steppingstone to higher forms of political leadership.
Wendy Kopp
We've done a lot of research on the characteristics of our teachers who are the most successful. The most predictive trait is still past demonstrated achievement, and all selection research basically points to that.
Wendy Kopp
Dartmouth is such a special college with its rich history, dedicated student body, and, as I've been learning more recently, colorful customs.
Wendy Kopp
Persistent inequality costs the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars a year, undermining our global competitiveness, our democracy, and our ideals as a nation.
Wendy Kopp
We believe strongly in transparency and accountability, which is why Teach For America encourages rigorous independent evaluations of our program. Our mission is too important to operate in any other way.
Wendy Kopp
As a white woman with a privileged education, I'm keenly aware that I founded an organization that can only realize its goal if it enlists many more leaders who share the backgrounds of the students and families we work with.
Wendy Kopp
In a society that glorifies the pioneers, it's easy to think that an endeavor is only worth pursuing if you can be the first to pursue it.
Wendy Kopp
Technology has enormous potential to address educational needs more efficiently, help teachers improve their performance, and enrich and individualize student learning.
Wendy Kopp
The mission that unites all of the programs of the Teach For All global network is that of cultivating the leadership capacity critical to ultimately ensuring educational opportunity for all.
Wendy Kopp
Where educational deprivation exists, it breeds conflict and enables repression.
Wendy Kopp
In the long run, we need to build a leadership force of people. We have a whole strategy around not only providing folks with the foundational experience during their two years with us, but also then accelerating their leadership in ways that is strategic for the broader education reform movement.
Wendy Kopp
It's time to declare a cease-fire in the education arms race. We have far more to gain from collaborating to solve our common problems than competing for higher rankings.
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!
Wendy Kopp
I've heard a number of our alumni - people who are running schools and school systems - think a lot about different models for the teaching profession.
Wendy Kopp
We must broaden the definition of who our neighbors are, and extend the boundaries of our interest and empathy.
Wendy Kopp
More often than not, the most effective leaders have been shaped by teaching successfully in high needs classrooms. Because of their experience, they know that it is possible for low-income children to achieve on an absolute scale and understand what we need to do to allow them to fulfill their potential.
Wendy Kopp
While I started out with a vague understanding that diversity would be important, my own observations have led me to realize that achieving greater levels of diversity is in fact vital to our long-term success.
Wendy Kopp
Across the globe, disadvantaged children are not living up to their potential because if they attend school at all, the schools are usually not designed to meet their extra needs.
Wendy Kopp
We should be individualizing instruction, utilizing that data to actually give teachers the tools necessary to meet the needs of a very diverse group of kids which exists in every class.
Wendy Kopp
Whenever we've seen the kids in the most disadvantaged context truly excel, always it's been in classrooms and in whole schools where there is a clear vision of where the kids have the potential to be.
Wendy Kopp
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