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Lessons on closing the achievment gap

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kopp-mnmeeting-horizontalWhat began as Wendy Kopp’s senior college thesis has since evolved into a national force in education reform: Teach For America (TFA). This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to removing educational inequity by recruiting the nation’s top college graduates to commit two years to teach in urban and rural schools in low‐income communities.

Kopp, the TFA Founder and CEO, was in town last week for a special Minnesota Meeting at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) studios in Saint Paul. Nearly 150 community and education leaders gathered to hear her chronicle the lessons she’s learned over the years about what it will take to close the achievement gap in her best‐selling book A Chance to Make History.

“We can solve this problem. We can provide kids who face the extra challenges of poverty with an education that sets them up to excel,” Kopp said. “The evidence is all around us. It is up to us to step up and lead, the only remaining question is whether we will”.

Sandy Vargas, President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation, agreed. “Education is the key to individual success and regional prosperity,” she said. “If we don’t close the achievement gap and prepare our students to compete globally, we will pay the price. We believe everyone has a role to play and a responsibility for our children’s success.

“Wendy Kopp certainly made a compelling case for that this evening. It is a solvable problem and we must all do our part to transform public education at the systems level so all our children succeed.”

This school year across Twin Cities alone, over 90 Teach For America corps members impacted the lives of more than 5,000 kids.

Minnesota Meeting will be rebroadcast on TPT and is available for viewing online at www.minnesotameeting.com.



 

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