Skoll Foundation


Teach for All

Skoll Awardee(s): Wendy Kopp
Award Year: 2008
Issue Area(s) Addressed: Education

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Wendy Kopp developed the idea for Teach For America in her senior thesis and has spent the last 20 years growing the organization, which today counts among its alumni many leading education reformers. Wendy developed the concept for Teach For All together with Brett Wigdortz, the founder and CEO of Teach First, the organization’s U.K. adaptation. She authored “One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way,” and is the author of the Washington Post bestseller “A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All.” She is the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award. In 2006, she was named one of America’s best leaders by U.S. News and World Report, and in 2008, Time named her one of the world’s 100 most influential leaders.

Impact since joining the portfolio in 2008:

  • Teach For All supports entrepreneurs in 32 countries to develop the Teach For All model.
  • As educational outcomes improve: healthcare advances, economies grow stronger, poverty rates decrease and human rights conditions get better.
  • Teach For All has grown to include more than 20 national organizations, with more than 11,000 teachers and approximately 26,000 alumni worldwide.
  • In its first year, Teach for Colombia had 1,000 applicants vying for 28 teaching spots.
  • In September, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education released the largest and most rigorous study on Teach For America in nearly a decade which concluded that students randomly assigned to corps members’ middle and high school math classrooms advanced an additional 2.6 months per year compared to those assigned to other classrooms—whether they were taught by novices or veterans, and by traditionally or alternatively prepared teachers.



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