In 1989, college senior Wendy Kopp was trying to figure out how to improve American public schools. For her senior thesis, she proposed creating a national teaching corps that would recruit recent college grads to teach in underserved schools. One year later, she launched the nonprofit, Teach for America. Today, TFA has 50,000 alumni, a budget of nearly $300 million, and continues to place thousands of teachers across the country.
Education for girls continues to face many obstacles, like teacher quality, overcrowded classrooms and dangerous double standards. But it’s improving.
PISA enables us to analyze what high-performing and rapidly improving countries have in common. We need to ensure those lessons don’t stay on the pages of the report. We need to support a robust global ecosystem to foster learning and collaboration in education, so knowledge can travel quickly to communities around the world that can use it in service of better outcomes for kids.
To address the educational needs of refugees, local Teach For All partner organizations and Deutsche Post DHL Group are working to provide teaching and financial resources in refugee host countries. Teach For All’s network partners in Lebanon, Germany, Austria, and Sweden are working to adjust their approaches to teacher training and placement to better support refugee students in their classrooms, with some Fellows focusing exclusively on helping new arrivals gain language and life skills.
"The most successful of our teachers are putting their students on a path towards opportunities and outcomes in the course of their two years. Our shared goal is to grow our students as leaders who can shape a better future for themselves and all of us. In this pursuit, our teachers are working to improve students’ skills and academic outcomes, developing dispositions that are crucial to success, like the ability to pursue goals, an awareness of the world, and a sense of agency to improve their own lives and our collective welfare."
Teach For All CEO Wendy Kopp and OECD's Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher talk to Fareed Zakaria on 2015 PISA results and lessons from high performing countries.
Teach for All supports educators in more than 40 countries who build “locally-rooted-globally-informed” networks of schools which recruit teachers. After a two-year stint teaching, they often go on to become principals, or education innovators, or local and government leaders in education.
My greatest hope is that the current generation of college graduates will respond to the rising tides of isolationism, prejudice and economic distress by working to ensure today’s children can experience the support and education that prepares them to shape a more peaceful and sustainable world.
It's time to declare a ceasefire in the education arms race. We have far more to gain from collaborating to solve our common problems than competing for higher rankings.
We see so much potential for eliciting the leadership of tens of thousands of people around the world to dedicate their talents towards building a better future for children—whether it’s from in front of the class or in front of the parliament.
“Un día todos los niños y jóvenes en Argentina recibirán una educación de calidad” es el lema de Enseñá por Argentina, una ONG nacida en 2009 que forma parte de la red internacional Teach For All y tiene como misión ser un movimiento que contribuya a transformar las aulas y el sistema educativo, para que todos los niños, niñas y jóvenes de Argentina desarrollen al máximo sus capacidades y tengan igualdad de oportunidades.
As students flock to the schools this year, CNN Philippines' Profiles recently put the spotlight on Teach for the Philippines as one of the young education start-ups working to improve access to education in the country. Watch snippets of the feature.
"We believe that the path to affecting the systemic changes that need to happen is through cultivating a group of leaders in any given community or country, who understand what you understand, what you’ve taught successfully in a high-need community."