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Wendy Kopp to discuss educational inequity, March 5

Wendy Kopp, founder and president of Teach for America, will present a lecture titled "Eliminating Educational Inequity: What It Will Really Take" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Kopp is a 1989 graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs , which is sponsoring the lecture.

Teach for America , the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in underresourced public schools, grew out of Kopp's senior thesis. Since its inception in 1990, the effort has fielded more than 9,000 corps members in 18 locations from Los Angeles to the Mississippi Delta to New York.

In her 2001 book "One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way," Kopp recounts her story of how she started Teach for America and developed it into the successful organization it is today. She discusses how the nation can reach Teach for America's vision that all children will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Kopp is the chair of the board of the New Teacher Project, a nonprofit consulting group spun off from Teach for America. The project helps school districts and states recruit and develop new teachers more effectively. In 2003, Kopp was appointed to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Kopp has received numerous honors for her work, including being the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Award in 1993.

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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