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One Day, All Children...: The Unlikely Triumph Of Teach For America And What I Learned Along The Way Paperback – April 1, 2003


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1st Ed(AsSuch) edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586481797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586481797
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If at the time I had understood the importance of ensuring the necessary funds before moving forward with new ideas, Teach for America would never have been born in the first place," writes Kopp in this impassioned account of how what started 10 years ago as her bold college thesis has become a pioneering educational program . Her plan to create a national teacher corps by recruiting top college graduates to work in the neediest school districts across the U.S. led to the development of a solidly financed nonprofit organization that has placed more than 5,000 teachers, many of whom have achieved extraordinary academic results. But Kopp's primary aim in this frank, winning and well-timed book is to share what she's learned about bringing underprivileged and underperforming students up to par. For example, she argues that just giving them the same resources that privileged students have is not enough; teachers and administrators need to put in the extra time it takes to change these students' attitudes about their own capability for achieving success. When it comes to structuring and managing schools, she asserts that schools should recruit teachers from a variety of disciplines not just those with degrees in education give them the support they need, pay them well and encourage them to push their students to fulfill their highest potential, which is often far beyond any arbitrary measure of achievement. As an outsider, Kopp has brought a fresh approach to the educational process that has proved effective; her inspiring story will challenge schools and professional educators to take notice, while motivating college seniors and recent graduates to join her team.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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 members of her generation to form a corps of graduates called Teach for America (TFA). Since 1990, some 5000 TFA members have been placed into teaching positions in 13 states, drawing high praise from participating communities. In this revealing account, Kopp invites the reader to learn what it took to overcome the endless challenges while describing some of the most difficult as well as funniest moments from the past ten years. This kind of accomplishment rarely adequately celebrated proves that excellence is possible. Recommended for all collections on education reform as well as volunteer movements. Leroy Hommerding, Fort Myers Beach P.L., FL
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mike MacFerrin on April 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Telling the autobiographical account of herself as a naive college student launching a movement, Wendy Kopp offers detailed explanations of her mistakes and personal follies along the way, giving the book an unusual honesty and character. It's an excellent case study of building a large non-profit organization, but it's also a moving story of powerful determination. The book becomes a real gem when it tells inspiring personal accounts of the teachers within her corps. By the end, you realize (or at least I did) that her vision may actually be a possible reality: That "One day, ALL children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education." A must-read for those (even remotely) interested in improving educational equality in this country.
(FYI, all proceeds from the book go directly to Teach For America to attain classroom resources for its corps members!)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In less than 200 pages, Ms. Kopp details every step she took in establishing Teach for America, the national teaching corps for recent college graduates. Chapters 1-9 are a primer for fundraising techniques, non-profit organizational set-up and strong management skills. But, Chapter 10, the most interesting by far, is a lengthy description on what makes good educators. You may be inspired enough to join in the efforts in ensuring excellent education for all children in this great nation of ours.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bill Coplin on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Wendy Kopp's book is must reading for anyone concerned about the poor performance of disadvantaged students in too many of our schools. As the founder of Teach for America, Ms. Kopp started an organization that has led the way in bringing new people and new solutions to our schools. This experience has given her insights into what must be done to change our schools and is therefore a straightforward, entertaining and above all positive approach to educational reform. It peddles no particular curriculum or even pedagogical approach.
The book is not just instructive for those concerned about education. It should also be required reading for anyone in the nonprofit sector who wants to improve an existing organization or start a new one. It tells how Ms. Kopp as a college senior transformed her senior thesis at Princeton into a movement for educational reform throughout the United States. Would-be do-gooders who want to help make some part of the American Dream a reality for others can learn from this model of commitment, leadership and intelligence. The book is not a puff piece about the success of the TFA, but a detailed account about the false starts and many mistakes made by Ms. Kopp that can hopefully help others to avoid. This book is about how to be an effective change agent in a world that needs thousands more like her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson VINE VOICE on July 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
One person, and idea, and a difference. Wendy Kopp detailed the relentless cycle of securing grant money to meet payroll to keep the organization afloat. Often the life of this organization was within days of sinking, but alas, the golden check was cleared. She is a very gifted networker, who managed a large organization without management experience until she handed over the operational reigns to those who knew what was going on. This account is from the perspective of the person who created the organization and ran it, so this should be taken into account. Their was heavy emphasis on recruiting graduates from Ivy League universities, which is good, because the students they would be teaching almost never have access to teachers with Ivy League educations and exposure. Those not in the Ivy Leagues seemed to not have a shot, although they could have made a significant impact. The reason why Teach For America exists in the first place in my opinion, is because the monopolistic public school system is an outright systematic, bureaucratic disaster today. TFA is a needed action, but also puts a band-aid on a bullet wound that is bleeding like a sieve. Recommended to young, new teachers, that are still idealistic and haven't become cynical, burned out, or moribund yet because of politics, administrators, and idiotic school policies.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carl A. Redman on February 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Like the rest of the world, I was profoundly touched by the heroics of the New York police and firefighters during and after the terrorist attacks. I see their self-sacrifice as the ultimate example of public service and a moving reminder of the American spirit of service to one's fellowmen. I could never presume that my commitment could rise to the level of the heroic actions of the people in New York, but I have been inspired by the example. Although I am eager to fully explore policy issues in graduate school, I strongly desire to serve Teach For America prior to furthering my education.
Teach For America is Wendy Kopp's brilliant idea to recruit, train, and place the nation's best college graduates in inner-city teaching positions. "One Day, All Children..." is Kopp's story of the development of this non-profit organization that upholds the mission statement of, "One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education."
Nearing her graduation from Princeton University in 1989, Kopp faced a problem many idealistic young people face, including myself: wanting to have an immediate impact on the world. The idea of Teach For America was originally Kopp's senior thesis, but becamse a reality when she decided to pursue it upon graduation. The opening chapters of the book focus on the hard work it took to raise funds, recruit applicants, select teachers, plan and implement training, and survive on a day to day basis. These chapters are fascinating, explicitly detailed (with memos and letters included that Kopp wrote to CEOs for funding, etc), and paint a beautiful picture of the hard work that Kopp and others put in to TFA.
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