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Teach for America founder speaks, April 24

Kopp '89, founder and president of Teach for America, will present a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Her address is titled "Educational Opportunity for All."

Teach for America is the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. Since its inception in 1989, Teach for America has fielded more than 6,000 corps members in 15 low-income areas, including South Central Los Angeles, the Mississippi Delta and the South Bronx.

Kopp recently wrote a book, "One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way," which recounts her story of founding the organization. She will read from the book and sign copies at the University Store at 7:30 Tuesday evening.

Kopp also is the chair of the board of the New Teacher Project; a non-profit consulting group spun off from Teach for America. The project helps school districts and states recruit and develop new teachers more effectively. In 1993, she was the youngest person and the first woman to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor awarded by Princeton to an undergraduate alumnus/a.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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