Why I Teach for America – Summit Week (2)

One of the highlights of the Summit was the Opening Plenary Session.  The list of speakers was basically a who’s-who in education reform these days.  Many of these people are pretty unpopular and deal with lots of push-back in trying to implement their reforms.  I don’t necessarily agree with everything they do, but I do admire their courage in being willing to step up and make the decisions they think are right, regardless of the popularity.

My favorite part of the opening was the panel discussion, and my favorite parts of the panel were everything Joel Klein and Geoffrey Canada said.  Neither man pulls any punches – they call things like they see them and refuse to compromise.  Here’s the panel discussion, if you’re interested:

Featured Panel from TFA 20th Anniversary Summit on Vimeo.

It’s pretty long, but definitely worth watching if you have the time.  If you don’t have the time, just fast forward through everything the moderator says – he was annoying, so you won’t miss much.

It was really fantastic to be in such a huge room full of people who are all extremely passionate about education. We may not all agree on the best way to close the achievement gap, but we all believe it is important to work as hard as we possibly can to do so. Teach for America is by no means a perfect organization, but it is an organization I am thrilled and honored to be a part of.

P.S. – You can also watch Kaya Henderson’s welcome here and Wendy Kopp’s address here.  Both were excellent (and are shorter than the panel).

P.P.S. – Maybe it was because this was a much bigger deal, but Wendy Kopp’s public speaking skills seemed much improved from when she spoke at Institute last summer.  She’s still pretty awkward, but much less than she used to be.

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