Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, sits down for a dialogue with writer, Malcolm Gladwell, to explore important trends of progress in education reform and common approaches found in successful classrooms and schools that we can learn from and act on to replicate success.
The conversation critically examines the current debates about education reform and the extent to which they are missing the core of the solutions found in the classrooms, schools, and districts where children are getting a life-changing education.
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of the Times best-sellers "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking," "Outliers: The Story of Success," and "What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures."
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.
The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp debate about whether or not Hurricane Katrina was the best thing to ever happen to the New Orlean's public school system.
"So you had a nucleus in place, poised to take advantage of an opportunity," says Gladwell. "The opportunity was Katrina, and that allowed an awful lot of change to happen in a very short period of time."