Quotes by: Wendy Kopp

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It's Teach For America's responsibility to ensure that all alumni know their voices are heard and valued, and to surface the range of opinion they represent.
Wendy Kopp
Imagine how different those classrooms could be if hundreds of Nigeria's most talented recent graduates and professionals channeled their energy not only into the country's banks, but into making education in the country a force for transformation.
Wendy Kopp
Fostering the leadership necessary for transformational outcomes in education is hard work, and in countries around the world, there is a constant search for easier solutions.
Wendy Kopp
There is a perception in our communities that we have low educational outcomes in low-income communities because kids aren't motivated or families don't care. We've discovered that is not the case.
Wendy Kopp
We're not trying to be the only route into teaching. We do put enormous energy into understanding what differentiates the most successful teachers.
Wendy Kopp
You will find it will almost always be more comfortable to sit on the sidelines and critique the builders from afar. But at the end of the day, the people who make a difference, the people who shape history, are not the haters.
Wendy Kopp
Education is the most powerful tool countries have for boosting economic growth, increasing prosperity, and forging more just, peaceful and equitable societies.
Wendy Kopp
Few things are more important to our country's future than recruiting and keeping great teachers in our schools.
Wendy Kopp
When I started Teach For America as a college senior, I sensed that there were thousands of talented, driven college students and recent grads who were searching for a way to make a real difference in the world.
Wendy Kopp
We have found that the most successful teachers in low-income communities operate like successful leaders. They establish a vision of where their students will be performing at the end of the year that many believe to be unrealistic.
Wendy Kopp
Some people seem to sort of have a gut for hiring. I literally had a gut that was exactly the opposite. So whenever I thought someone would be great, it was sort of the opposite.
Wendy Kopp
As a founder of two organizations that recruit top college graduates to expand educational opportunity, I've spent a lot of time examining what's at work in successful classrooms and schools over the past two decades.
Wendy Kopp
Kids in urban and rural areas face so many challenges, and they show up at schools that don't have the extra capacity or extra resources to meet their needs.
Wendy Kopp
As a senior at Princeton, I felt like the whole world was open to me. In our country, that's not a given. We aspire to be a place of equal opportunity, and yet where you're born determines your prospects.
Wendy Kopp
Teach For America is working hard to be one significant source of the leadership we need.
Wendy Kopp
When kids are met with the highest expectations and given the extra supports they need, they can be as motivated as kids anywhere.
Wendy Kopp
If we could reach the point where many of our nation's future leaders know what teachers know after teaching successfully in our highest-need schools, we would have a very different situation.
Wendy Kopp
A core part of Teach For America's mission has always been affecting positive change in the traditional public school system.
Wendy Kopp
We look for people who demonstrate perseverance in the face of challenges, the ability to influence and motivate others - people who want to work relentlessly to ensure that kids who are facing the challenges of poverty have an excellent education.
Wendy Kopp
Our experience at Teach For America has been that the more people understand educational inequity, the more they want to do something about it.
Wendy Kopp
Education is the gateway to the American Dream. But today our immigration laws make higher education - a virtual requirement for financial security - out of reach for more than one million undocumented students.
Wendy Kopp
The teachers are trying to build the same culture in the classroom as we're building in the organization.
Wendy Kopp
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