Kopp and Barth recognized by Forbes
Speaking of TFA and KIPP (see below), it's nice to see both Wendy Kopp and her husband, Richard Barth (CEO of KIPP) recognized by Forbes as 30 of the most impactful social entrepreneurs in the world:
Teach For America
At a Glance
· Age: 44
· Headquarters: New York City
· Teacher applicants rejected: 89%
Teach for America recruits graduating seniors from some of the most selective colleges and provides them with five weeks of training before unleashing them for a minimum of two years in some of the country's worst classrooms. Over the past 21 years 33,000 TFA teachers have instructed more than 3 million kids in 34 different states. Kopp is now working on expanding the global program, Teach for All, already in 22 countries.
At a Glance
· Age: 45
· Headquarters: San Francisco
· Students in program: 32,000
It's a simple idea, but it works: Keep kids in school longer and they learn more. Students in the 109 KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) schools across the country attend class from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (two and a half hours more than most other kids), plus every other Saturday and for three additional weeks in the summer. Last year 98% of KIPP eighth graders outperformed their peers in reading and 90% were better in math. Gap founders Doris and Donald Fisher were early backers.