Wendy Kopp is the CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All
Teach for all - A global network in 53 countries across 6 continents of independent organizations dedicated to improving education for marginalized children around the world.
Teach for all and partner organizations have collaborated with over 800 organizations globally.
Her vision - To create a world where every child has access to quality education, regardless of their background or circumstances.
“This is impressive, what you have got going on here!” says Wendy while visiting our Networking Salon.
Wendy Kopp: Verbindungen schaffen, die unmöglich scheinen
On March 22nd Wendy Kopp visited Berlin. So, Berlin’s coolest network - Aussergewöhnlich Berlin (ahem, ahem, us) – just had to invite her to one of our club members’ Networking Salons, this time at the Futurium.
Wendy has created one of the biggest global networks and we wanted to learn from her.
Wendy says: “Teach for all is a global network of now 60 organizations, from Teach First Deutschland to Teach for Nigeria, India, Brazil…each of these organizations is enlisting their countries’ most promising grads and channeling their energy into this work while cultivating their ongoing leadership as a force for change.”
Wendy Kopp, the CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All, has led a global movement to address educational inequality and create a brighter future for children worldwide. Wendy’s journey began in 1989 when she founded Teach For America to tackle the issue of educational inequality in the United States.
Today, Teach For America boasts over 6,000 corps members who are recent college graduates and professionals from various academic disciplines.
After leading Teach For America's growth and development for 24 years, Wendy transitioned to the role of CEO of Teach For All in 2013.
The first adaptation of Teach for America was in the UK, launched 20 years ago.
“I’m just thinking about what’s happened in London, for the most disadvantaged kids in London over the last 15 years, and where we are in Berlin. You have a huge opportunity here.” Wendy says to Alexander S. Wolf, the founder of AusserGewöhnlich Berlin.
Teach For All partner organizations recruit talented individuals to work as teachers and provide them with training and ongoing support. These individuals are committed to working in under-resourced schools in their respective countries and working towards positive change in the education system. That’s how London got transformed.
“In 15 years, they turned London from the place that was the worst educational place to be, if you grow up in poverty, to the best place.”
Wendy's work with Teach For All has been recognized by various international organizations, including the Skoll Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. She continues to inspire and empower a global community of educators and social entrepreneurs to work towards creating a more equitable world.
And she inspired us.
Wendy Kopp at AusserGewöhnlich Berlin: Global Impact Capital Berlin
“Most people in the world, and probably most people in Germany think, Yep, the circumstances of birth predict your educational outcomes, it’s kind of the way of life, right?
But it doesn’t have to be.”
Right now, across the Teach for all Global Network, there are around 13 000 teachers.
In Teach First Deutschland we only have 180.
The problem – is that it's not allowed to teach if you’re not a teacher.
“WE WILL CHANGE THAT.
And we will start in Berlin.
Because we want to make history.
We want to become the Global Impact Capital.”
Says Alexander S. Wolf, the founder of AusserGewöhnlich Berlin.
“The regulations now are not the ones we need to hold on to, and there’s tremendous innovation all around the world as a result, and we just need to bring that here. If Berlin can lead the way, it would be phenomenal.” Wendy adds.
Her work is a testament to the power of grassroots initiatives and the importance of investing in our youth for a brighter future.
And we are ready to implement the necessary change starting here in Berlin.