For Immediate Release
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Amy and Larry Robbins Foundation Are Early Supporters
NEW YORK, September 27, 2007—Today at the Clinton Global Initiative, Teach For America announced its commitment to launch Teach For All, a new organization that will support entrepreneurs in other countries who are pursuing the development of the Teach For America model locally. These local organizations will channel the talent and energy of their countries’ top recent college graduates against educational disparities facing tens of thousands of children in their high-poverty communities. Teach For All was created in partnership with Teach First, an adaptation of Teach For America in the U.K., and with significant start-up support from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the Amy and Larry Robbins Foundation.
“While Teach For America itself remains deeply committed to its own ambitious growth plan in the United States,” said CEO and founder Wendy Kopp, “the creation of Teach For All will enable us to be responsive to those who are working to address educational inequity in other countries and who deeply believe that our theory of change can have a catalytic impact in their context.”
Teach For All will initially support initiatives that are already under way, including those in India, South Africa, Estonia, Israel, and Germany. The local adaptations of Teach For America will be established as independent, locally governed, locally funded organizations. Teach For All will help these local organizations access the knowledge base, tools, and resources that Teach For America has developed over time, provided they establish and maintain certain core programmatic principles and conditions.
Teach For All will raise $25 million over three years for its global operations, and at the same time leverage millions more toward the local programs in each country. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has committed a $2.5 million grant to fund Teach For All’s support of the development of Teach For India, and the Amy and Larry Robbins Foundation has also pledged a $2 million grant to Teach For All. The organization has also benefited from millions of dollars in pro bono services from McKinsey & Company.
“Our foundation strives to provide all children, regardless of economic circumstances, with equal access to high quality public education,” said Michael Dell, co-founder of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “India, with its 400 million children, stands to benefit greatly from the development and training of top leaders who can present the wonders and advantages education has to offer. We are pleased to support the international expansion of Teach For America, as its proven approach to placing effective teachers on the ground will ensure that more children in India are given the educational opportunities they deserve.”
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation’s support of Teach For All is focused on India, where key stakeholders engaged in a 10-week planning process, managed by McKinsey India, to ascertain whether and how the Teach For America model could be adapted to address the country’s vast educational disparities. The plan that emerged calls for Teach For India to place 2,000 high-potential college graduates by 2013 in primary, upper primary, English medium, and regional medium schools in at least a dozen urban and rural communities. Teach For India will recruit India’s top recent college graduates of all academic majors to commit two years to teach in high-need communities and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational excellence and equity.
“Teachers are instrumental in the future of children in India,” said Barun Mohanty, managing director, India at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “The commitment of Teach For America and Teach For All in India will change the face of education, providing career opportunities for India’s best and brightest college graduates, who in turn, will have the opportunity to measurably improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.”
Teach For All will be a separate organization within Teach For America and will be separately staffed and funded by sources that are dedicated to improving the condition of young people throughout the world.
"The need for the best teachers for our children and the world's children is obvious. The urgency of this need is undeniable,” said Amy Robbins, executive director of the Amy and Larry Robbins Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Teach For America again, and we found this international expansion so important and so compelling at this time. It is our responsibility to share innovative, successful programs, and this initiative represents the most critical objectives of the Foundation – quality education for all children, everywhere, especially for some of the world's neediest children."
The launch of Teach For All comes after considerable deliberation by Teach For America about whether or not, given its extremely ambitious domestic efforts, it could afford to build the capacity to assist in other countries. To resolve the question, Teach For America worked with a pro bono team from McKinsey & Company and with Teach First to understand the experiences of other international organizations, the needs of the entrepreneurs who are seeking assistance, and the enablers of impact in the Teach For America model. The end result is a plan for maximizing the impact of Teach For All while minimizing risks within the endeavor.
“We are in the unique position, having learned so much about how to implement our mission, of being able to accelerate the impact of the inspiring local champions who are pursuing the development of this model. We feel an obligation to help our counterparts in these countries where there is so much need and potential for impact,” said Kopp, who will serve as Teach For All’s CEO while searching for a full-time chief operating officer to manage the global organization’s operations.
About Teach For America
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates – of all academic majors and career interests – who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools in the United States’ lowest-income communities and become lifelong leaders for expanding educational opportunity. Teach For America’s mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.
Since its inception in 1989, Teach For America has placed 17,000 individuals as teachers in 26 urban and rural communities. Today, more than 5,000 Teach For America corps members are teaching in 26 urban and rural regions, while 12,000 alumni continue working for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence for all children. While they are still in their twenties and thirties, Teach For America alumni are leading school systems, running some of the highest-performing schools in low-income communities, winning the highest accolades teachers can win, advising governors and senators on education policy, and marshalling the resources of other sectors toward the movement to end educational inequity. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.
About Teach First
Teach First is an adaptation of Teach For America that was created in 2002 as the result of a McKinsey project for London First and Business in the Community, two British business membership organizations dedicated to community involvement. Since its launch in 2002, over 1,000 Teach First graduates have been placed in challenging secondary schools, in London, Greater Manchester, Birmingham, and Nottingham. The most recent Times annual survey of graduate employers ranked Teach First as the 14th most prestigious employer in the country, the highest ranking ever for a charity.
Currently, over 500 Teach First participants are teaching in the country’s highest-need schools. As in the case of Teach For America, the program’s alumni (called “ambassadors”) are deeply influenced by their experience. About half of the ambassadors decide to continue teaching in urban British schools, with most of them quickly moving into leadership positions, and those who leave the field of education continue to be deeply engaged in the effort to improve education in low-income communities.
About the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (www.msdf.org) was established in 1999 by the Dell family to measurably improve outcomes for children living in urban poverty. Based in Austin, Texas the Foundation funds programs that foster and improve education, health and safety for children around the world. With an endowment of more than $1 billion, the Foundation has committed more than $350 million to global children’s issues and Central Texas community initiatives to date.
About the Amy and Larry Robbins Foundation
The Amy and Larry Robbins Foundation was established in 2003 to support and create meaningful education programs in the United States and to respond to the urgent need to improve opportunities for children globally through new and innovative initiatives and partnerships. Notable programs include a partnership with KIPP, Achievement First and Uncommon Schools in the creation of a leading Teachers College in New York City, partnerships with local business leaders in several African countries for in-country production of life-saving Plumpy Nut food supplements and the endowment of an emergency response fund in partnership with Unicef.
About the Clinton Global Initiative
The Clinton Global Initiative was started by President Clinton in 2005. A nonpartisan catalyst for action, CGI brings together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI consists of approximately 1,000 members from all over the world who commit to create or support projects within one or more of CGI’s annual areas of focus. In 2007, the areas of focus are education, energy and climate change, global health, and poverty alleviation.