A Chance to Make History

What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All
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Product Number: DD13972
Released: Jan 25, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781611743920
Narrator/s: Kate Mulligan
Publisher: HighBridge Company
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As "the stunningly successful nonprofit organization, Teach For America" (New York Times) celebrates its 20th anniversary, its founder Wendy Kopp issues a passionate and inspiring summation of what she and TFA corps members have learned: that educational inequity-the achievement gap-is a solvable problem, and that the key to solving it-in a single classroom, a school, or system-wide-is leadership. For twenty years, Teach for America has been working to end educational inequity, sending some of our nation's most promising college graduates to teach in some of our nation's most under-resourced communities. TFA and its corps members know from experience that the contributing causes of the achievement gap-dysfunctional inner-city and rural economies, poor healthcare, broken families, among others-are daunting. But they have also come to the exciting realization that educational inequity is a solvable problem. Highly effective teachers are achieving transformational progress in their classrooms despite the obstacles; and the skills and strategies that make them highly effective are specific and identifiable.In this inspiring, optimistic book, TFA's founder and president Wendy Kopp shows concretely that the achievement gap can be closed, and delineates what it will take to close it. Through stories from classrooms and schools across America, she distills the key lessons TFA has learned from the experiences of 24,000 corps members. The heroism and hard work of an individual teacher can transform a child's life. But to transform the educational experience and opportunities of all America's children, and to ramp up the pace of change, individual teachers should be supported by schools, school systems, and policies dedicated to nurturing, fostering, and spreading their efforts.America's failure to educate millions of its children to enable them to fulfill their potential has always been an injustice. Given the challenges we face in a competitive global economy, it has also become a national crisis. This clarifying and passionate book is must reading for anyone involved in or concerned about education-as a teacher, student, administrator, policymaker, community activist, or parent.

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Author(s): Wendy Kopp, Steven Farr
Narrator(s): Kate Mulligan
Product Number Z10007429
Released: Jan 25, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781611743937

Professional reviews

"At the crux of education in America are our teachers--some of whom go to extraordinary lengths to instruct and motivate kids. Kopp details the reality of what it takes to put the educational system on a level playing field through her program, Teach for America. Kate Mulligan does a fine job narrating. She enunciates well, so the listener has a clear comprehension of what is being said. When men are being quoted, she lowers her voice in a subtle way that fits the serious topic being discussed. And her pace is neither plodding nor hurried. This book is for educators or anyone who has a deep interest in improving our educational system. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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