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Wendy Kopp, Teach for America's Founder
Wendy Kopp, Teach for America's Founder

AIR DATE: March 24, 2011

Teach for America started off as a pile of paper – it was Wendy Kopp’s undergraduate thesis in 1989.  Since then, that essay has turned into a nationwide organization that sends college grads to low-income neighborhoods to teach for 2-year stints.  There are over 8000 TFA teachers today in 60 different cities.  With the recession, more people are applying to be teachers – but only 12% are accepted.  Founder Wendy Kopp talks about education policy, what makes a good teacher, and how we can improve schools in Nevada. 
Wendy Kopp speaks on Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at UNLV’s Stan Fulton Building, on the corner of Flamingo and Swenson.

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Ha! Ha! Ha! sorry can't stop laughing. I've been a teacher for over 10 years now for CCSD. Students always seem to have the latest Iphone, Ipad, Ipod, digitals cameras, you name they got it, anything to disrupt a classroom. But ask the majority of students to pull out their pencils, a notebook, open their textbooks, last night's homework, forget about it. Throwing money at the schools will not fix them. Let's be honest, all of us know what is really failing our public schools; Life outside of the classroom...
challengerMar 25, 2011 07:24:25 AM
So many things to add! First, we have to support the teachers through mentoring and true team approaches. There is brilliance in our teachers that get squelched by principals with blinders on. Planners have set up schools to be only about academics. At first blush that sounds good, yet those kids who love music, mechanics, science experiments, languages find they are not valued for their own interests and end up giving up. Where is the real life education? We must try alternative schedules, flexible groupings, life learning (what happened to teaching kids useful thugs like sewing, cooking and fixing little things around the house?), etc. And we must honor the kids as individuals, demanding they be their best.
Pam WilsonMar 24, 2011 09:59:24 AM
Don't the schools have the ability to control parking on premises? My suggestion is that instead of turning this great "carrot" idea in to a criminal punishment idea that the schools only provide premises parking to students who meet the gpa requirements. The idea of making this a law doesn't really seem to account for all of the exceptions out there such as home schooling, early graduation, etc. It would also seem that it would prevent some kids from receiving the proper driver education and licensing which might lead to more teen driving accidents.
Gary AllenMar 24, 2011 09:30:05 AM
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