CASE Chat with Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-Founder, Teach for All

Wendy Kopp TFA Teach for All

This month’s CASE Chat features Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America and co-founder of Teach for All, a global network of independent organizations developing educational leaders and sharing educational solutions across the globe. Teach for All operates in 40 countries and has reaching 9.7 million students since its launch at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2007. In the CASE Chat, Wendy talks about her work scaling Teach for America and Teach for All, adapting the model to other countries, and what we need in the education space today.

On Scaling Teach for America…

“I think without the growth funding approach, which was a piece of [Teach for America’s scaling], it would have been really hard to imagine getting where we were trying to go.”

On what’s needed in the social sector…

“We need many, many more people who’ve experienced, themselves, the inequities that we’re working to address leading the work.”

On scaling across countries…

“We really believe that maximizing impact globally is going to be about two things working together. It’s going to be strong local entrepreneurs who have a vision for adapting this into their context, plus a global organization that can enable everyone to share with each other. And I think that kind of theory, that’s going to be the thing that both breeds innovation in the hands of all these local entrepreneurs and then enables us to capture the innovations and spread it.”

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About Wendy Kopp:

Wendy Kopp is Founder of Teach for America and CEO and Co-founder of Teach For All. Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States.  After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America’s board. Learn more about Wendy here.

About Teach for All:

Teach For All is a global network of 40 independent, locally led and governed partner organizations and a global organization that works to accelerate the progress of the network. Each network partner recruits and develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations’ high-need schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential. Teach For All’s global organization works to increase the network’s impact by providing partners with direct support, facilitating connections among them, accessing global resources, and fostering the leadership development of partner staff, participants, and alumni. Learn more about Teach for All here.

About CASE Chats:

The CASE Chats video series features the movers and shakers in the field of social entrepreneurship sharing their insights on tri-sector leadership, impact investing, social ventures, and more.  View the all the CASE Chats here.