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Teach for America founder discusses improving education for underprivileged students

by | Posted on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 — 10:39 AM

Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach for America, participated in a roundtable discussion with select faculty and administrators at Peabody College Jan. 18. (Anna Dulmes/Vanderbilt)

Wendy Kopp, founder and CEO of Teach for America and Teach for All, spoke about her experiences improving education for underprivileged students across the United States and around the world during a public lecture Jan. 18 in Wilson Hall.

Kopp also signed copies of her new book A Chance to Make History. The event was sponsored by the Global Poverty Initiative, a Vanderbilt student group aimed at raising awareness and promoting sustainable solutions to poverty.

Earlier in the day, Kopp participated in a roundtable discussion with select faculty and administrators at Peabody College.

Contact:
Jennifer Wetzel, (615) 322-4747
jennifer.b.wetzel@vanderbilt.edu


  • LM Carlson – Peabody 1998

    Very interesting to see that Peabody hosted Kopp. I hope that there was a critical discussion about TFA and how it can also undermine many early career educators that are not just planning to do a short rotation in the field. TFA perpetuates the revolving door of teachers in schools that need the most help and does not elevate the teaching profession. While it is always good to highlight the educational gaps in underserved communities, TFA is not the long term solution.