Quotes by: Wendy Kopp

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Common Core results finally give families an accurate barometer of whether our kids are mastering the skills they need to succeed in a knowledge-based global economy, early enough that we can intervene.
Wendy Kopp
If we freed up all the money in the certification process, think about how much more money we'd have to put into teacher salaries.
Wendy Kopp
The U.S. has a long history of walking up to the precipice of rigor and then walking away. As voters, let's support leaders who were courageous enough to make the hard decisions necessary to move our system forward. And as parents, let's put our faith in our educators, our children and tests that hold them to their highest potential.
Wendy Kopp
I think Teach for America has suffered from the fact that I did not teach, in a major way. I also think if I had taught, I wouldn't have started Teach for America.
Wendy Kopp
The lack of diversity in higher education is a problem we as a country must tackle if we're going to live up to our promise.
Wendy Kopp
It's possible to train great people, but a person with great training who doesn't have certain characteristics is only going to go so far.
Wendy Kopp
The idea that computers can ever replace teachers and schools reveals a deep lack of understanding about the role leadership plays in student success.
Wendy Kopp
Kids who live in low income areas face extra challenges and show up at schools that were not designed to meet their extra needs.
Wendy Kopp
We aspire to be equal opportunity, but all across the country where a student is born, their race, their class affect where they end up.
Wendy Kopp
People think of teachers who are born to teach, and you think of all these charismatic folks. Some of the most successful teachers are some of the least charismatic, interestingly. But they have a gift of figuring out what motivates people.
Wendy Kopp
Teach For China recruits top American and Chinese college graduates, like 26-year-old Yang Xiao, to teach in the country's most disadvantaged schools.
Wendy Kopp
Every time a child's promise is cut short by their legal status, our country wastes precious resources and loses talent we need.
Wendy Kopp
All around the world, we send our top talent into finance, technology, medicine and law - everywhere but towards expanding opportunity for our most marginalized children.
Wendy Kopp
We're trying to be the top employer of recent grads in the country. Size gives us leverage to have a tangible impact on school systems.
Wendy Kopp
Our laws guarantee all students the right to a K-12 education, regardless of their immigration status.
Wendy Kopp
Let the tech firms and consulting firms build your skills, but be sure to ask yourself, 'Am I maximizing my impact?' 'Am I living up to my values?'
Wendy Kopp
Teach For America would not be able to continue recruiting and developing an ever-more diverse and impactful group of corps members and alumni if the nation's leading colleges become even less diverse.
Wendy Kopp
Throughout history, when societies have been faced with big challenges, they've put their best people on them. During the Space Race, American and Russian scientists, engineers, astronauts and cosmonauts pushed the bounds of what was possible and landed men on the moon.
Wendy Kopp
Teach For America was built on the idea that our best hope of reaching 'One Day' is to have thousands of alumni use their diverse experiences and ideas to effect change from inside and outside the education system.
Wendy Kopp
I think people are attracted to teaching because they want to make a real impact.
Wendy Kopp
Mindsets, skills and leadership, experience and access, and critical consciousness - we need all four of these things for our students to be the leaders, people and citizens we want them to be.
Wendy Kopp
We're looking for people out there who have demonstrated that they are leaders, have track records of achievement, and want to be part of a force... of a much larger force of determined people who want to bring about, ultimately, institutional change.
Wendy Kopp
I think the way to understand Teach for America is as a leadership development program.
Wendy Kopp
If we're going to see sustainable results from all the other investments we're making in education, we need to build leadership capacity in each and every country.
Wendy Kopp
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