One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way

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PublicAffairs, Aug 4, 2008 - Education - 352 pages
From her dorm room at Princeton University, twenty-one-year-old college senior Wendy Kopp decided to launch a movement to improve public education in America. In One Day, All Children... , she shares the remarkable story of Teach For America, a non-profit organization that sends outstanding college graduates to teach for two years in the most under-resourced urban and rural public schools in America. The astonishing success of the program has proven it possible for children in low-income areas to attain the same level of academic achievement as children in more privileged areas and more privileged schools.

One Day, All Children… is not just a personal memoir. It's a blueprint for the new civil rights movement--a movement that demands educational access and opportunity for all American children.


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In the interest of disclosure, I must first admit that I am a Teach for America alumnus (and in fact you can see my face on the cover, it's in the "O") and thus have an attachment to this story ... Read full review

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Kopp's dream as a college senior ten years ago was to commit two years to teaching at a public school in a low-income urban or rural area. She turned this seeming pipe dream into reality by mobilizing ... Read full review

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Page 6 - The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that this simple idea was potentially very powerful.
Page 6 - Why didn't this country have a national teacher corps of top recent college graduates who would commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools?
Page 8 - The teacher corps would make teaching in low-income communities an attractive choice for top grads by surrounding it with an aura of status and selectivity, streamlining the process of applying for teaching positions, and assuring recent graduates a job and a steady income despite districts' inability to hire them until Labor Day.

About the author (2008)

Wendy Kopp is the founder and chairwoman of the board at Teach For America, the co-founder and chief executive of Teach For All, and the author of One Day, All Children. She lives in New York City.

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