Wendy Kopp wrote her thesis on the idea of creating a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in the neediest communities and become education leaders.
This vision has grown into Teach for America, reaching more than 400,000 students this year. Where does education fall on the list of the country's priorities?
Kopp provides thoughts on improving early education and expanding learning opportunities for children.
Kathryn Baron is a Journalism Fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley.
She is a past host of "The California Report" on KQED and six-time winner of the Education Writer Association's National Awards for Education Reporting.
Wendy Kopp is founder and CEO of Teach For America, which is working to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation's most promising future leaders in the effort. This year 48,000 individuals of all academic majors applied to Teach For America; more than 8,000 corps members in the midst of two-year teaching commitments taught in 39 urban and rural regions nationwide; and 20,000 alumni continued working toward educational excellence and equity from positions both inside and outside the education system.
Kopp is also CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, which is seeking to accelerate and increase the impact of this model in a growing number of countries around the world. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All.