Voltaire's Coffee: One Day All Children by Wendy Kopp, hosted by Professor Grant Thomas, KIPP/Plan II Partnership Coordinator
Wed, September 5, 2012 • 7:00 PM • Joynes Room, Carothers (CRD) 007, 2501 Whitis Ave. Enter through the east doors of the honors quad
One Day All Children by Wendy Kopp, hosted by Professor Grant Thomas, KIPP/Plan II Partnership Coordinator
Wednesday, 5 September at 7pm, Joynes Reading Room
From her dorm room at Princeton University, twenty-one-year-old college senior Wendy Kopp decided to launch a movement to improve public education in America. In One Day, All Children... , she shares the remarkable story of Teach For America, a non-profit organization that sends outstanding college graduates to teach for two years in the most under-resourced urban and rural public schools in America. The astonishing success of the program has proven it possible for children in low-income areas to attain the same level of academic achievement as children in more privileged areas and more privileged schools. One Day, All Children… is not just a personal memoir. It's a blueprint for the new civil rights movement--a movement that demands educational access and opportunity for all American children.
Plan II assistant adjunct professor Grant Thomas is a career educator whose major focus for the past 30+ years has been on systematic strategies for youth empowerment and service. He started the original PAL (Peer Assistance and Leadership) Program in Austin ISD in 1980, and guided its growth into a national model peer-mentoring program that has been implemented by hundreds of school districts throughout Texas and the nation. In 1994 he established YouthLaunch, an Austin-based youth empowerment nonprofit, and served as its Executive Director for nine years. A former board member of the National Association of Peer Programs, he also served on the board of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Austin Public Schools from 2003-2011. His educational background includes a B.A. from Princeton, magna cum laude (1967); an Ed. M. from Harvard (1974); and four years of graduate study in educational psychology at UT (1976-80). For the past five years he has overseen the Plan II/KIPP Partnership initiative, which centers on Plan II students' mentoring younger "KIPPsters" -- and in the process, becoming deeply immersed in issues related to educational opportunity and reform.