ASU President Michael Crow hosts this conversation with Wendy Kopp, CEO and Founder of Teach For America, as the first Frank Rhodes Lecture Series on the Creation of the Future. Kopp proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis and has spent the last 22 years building the organization’s impact. Under her leadership, Teach For America’s nearly 33,000 participants have reached more than 3 million children nationwide during their two-year teaching commitments. They have sustained their commitment as alumni, working inside and outside the field of education to ensure educational excellence and equity for all children.
Kopp is the author of the Washington Post bestseller A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way. She is also the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service.
ASU and Teach For America partner together across four key areas: Teach For America Recruitment, Teacher Support and Development, Alumni Leadership and the Phoenix Institute. The ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College has also adapted many of Teach For America’s most successful tools in order to attract, prepare, support and retain more highly effective teachers through the Sanford Education Project.
You can watch this discussion anytime at the ASUtv Video Library: Creation of the Future with Wendy Kopp