Quotes

15 Inspirational Quotes By Wendy Kopp

Posted on Tue Feb 20, 2018 Posted by Admin

1.  We must broaden the definition of who our neighbors are, and extend the boundaries of our interest and empathy.
 
2.  People are everything in education, just as in the corporate world.
 
3.  There is a perception in our communities that we have low educational outcomes in low-income communities because kids aren’t motivated or families don’t care. We’ve discovered that is not the case.
 
4.  All around the world, we send our top talent into finance, technology, medicine and law – everywhere but towards expanding opportunity for our most marginalized children.
 
5.  We are looking for a set of personal characteristics that predict success, the first and foremost of which is perseverance in the face of challenges. We also look for the ability to influence and motivate others who share your values, strong problem-solving ability, and leadership.
 
6.  I’m happy to admit that I’m a hopeless optimist.
 
7.  On average, our corps members stay in the classroom for eight years. But again, given the systemic nature of educational inequity, we know it is vital that some of our alumni take their experience outside the classroom.
 
8.  Research confirms that great teachers change lives. Students with one highly effective elementary school teacher are more likely to go to college, less likely to become pregnant as teens, and earn tens of thousands more over their lifetimes.
 
9.  Ending educational inequality is going to require systemic change and a long-term, sustained effort. There are no shortcuts and no silver bullets.
 
10. Education is the gateway to the American Dream. But today our immigration laws make higher education – a virtual requirement for financial security – out of reach for more than one million undocumented students.
 
11. It’s easier to poke holes in an idea than think of ways to fill them. And it’s easier to focus on the 100 reasons you shouldn’t do something rather than the one reason you should.
 
12. Research shows that whether you are low-income or not, mindset is a bigger predictor of success than academic skills, and how students gain great academic skills and persevere in the face of challenges.
 
13. It’s Teach For America’s responsibility to ensure that all alumni know their voices are heard and valued, and to surface the range of opinion they represent.
 
14. Technology has enormous potential to address educational needs more efficiently, help teachers improve their performance, and enrich and individualize student learning.
 
15. The idea that computers can ever replace teachers and schools reveals a deep lack of understanding about the role leadership plays in student success.