Teach For All

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Teach For All
Teach for all logo.gif
Founded 2007
Founder Wendy Kopp, and Brett Wigdortz, Co-founders
Type Nonprofit organization
Focus Eliminate Educational Inequity
Key people
Wendy Kopp - Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Brett Wigdortz - Co-founder
Nick Canning - Chief Operating Officer
Slogan One day, all children will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
Website teachforall.org

Teach For All is a global network of 40 independent, locally led and funded partner organizations[1] whose stated shared mission is to "expand educational opportunity around the world by increasing and accelerating the impact of social enterprises that are cultivating the leadership necessary for change."[2] Each partner aims to recruit and develop diverse graduates and professionals to exert leadership through two-year commitments to teach in their nations' high-need classrooms and lifelong commitments to expand opportunity for children.[3] The organization was founded in 2007 by Wendy Kopp (founder and former CEO of Teach For America) and Brett Wigdortz (CEO of Teach First). Teach For All works to accelerate partners' progress and increase their impact by capturing and sharing knowledge, facilitating connections across the network, accessing global resources for the benefit of the whole, and fostering leadership development of staff, teachers, and alumni.[4]


Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp and Teach First founder Brett Wigdortz co-founded Teach For All after fielding numerous requests from social entrepreneurs around the world who wanted to create similar organizations that would expand educational opportunity in their own countries.[5] Since its launch at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2007,[6] Teach For All has grown to include 40 partners on six continents who are pursuing a similar approach to working towards educational equity and excellence for all of their nations' children. The organization has global hubs in New York, Washington, London, Doha, Pune, and Hong Kong. It has an annual budget of $19,9 million[7] provided by global foundations, corporations, and individuals.

Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America, Co-founder of Teach For All

Organization structure[edit]

Teach For All is a network of independent, locally led and locally funded organizations with a unifying mission to expand educational opportunity around the world, and a global organization working to increase and accelerate the individual and collective impact of those organizations. They are all working to improve the education of students in classrooms now while simultaneously working to build the long-term movement for educational equity in their countries. In order to achieve this, the organizations recruit outstanding graduates and professionals from a range of academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and communities and to work throughout their lives to ensure more students are able to fulfill their potential.[8] Teach For All network partners provide participants with ongoing training and support throughout their initial two year commitments, and foster the development of alumni as leaders for educational change and expanded opportunity for the students they teach and the communities in which they work in.[1]

Teach For All is based on the concept of global-local practice–partners launch grassroots organizations in their countries and belong to a global network of organizations.[9] It is described by Thomas Friedman as "a loose global network of locally run teams of teachers, who share best practices and target young people in support of a single goal."[10] The global network exists to help organizations climb the learning curve more quickly and benefit from a shared knowledge base.[1] The Teach For All approach is demand driven; in almost all cases, the organization is approached by already established efforts interested in joining the network, rather than proactively spreading the approach.[9]

Teach For All forms partnerships with organizations that share the same theory of change and are committed to eight unifying principles, quoted here:

1. Recruiting and selecting as many as possible of the country's most promising future leaders of all academic disciplines and career interests who demonstrate the core competencies to positively impact student achievement and become long-term leaders able to effect systemic change

2. Training and developing participants so they build the skills, mindsets, and knowledge needed to maximize impact on student achievement

3. Placing participants as teachers for two years in regular beginning teaching positions in areas of educational need, with clear accountability for their classrooms

4. Accelerating the leadership of alumni by fostering the network between them and creating clear and compelling paths to leadership for expanding educational opportunity

5. Driving measurable impact in the short term on student achievement and in the long term on the development of leaders who will help ensure educational opportunity for all

6. A local social enterprise that adapts the model thoughtfully to the national context, innovates and increases impact over time, and possesses the mission-driven leadership and organizational capacity necessary to achieve ambitious goals despite constraints

7. Independence from the control of government and other external entities, with an autonomous Board, a diversified funding base, and the freedom to make operational decisions, challenge traditional paradigms, and sustain the model in the face of political changes

8. Partnerships with the public and private sectors that provide the teaching placements, funding, and supportive policy environment necessary to achieve scale and sustain impact over time, while increasing accountability for results[11][12]


Teach For All currently has 44 partner organizations around the world. Within this network, Teach For All partners have placed over 65,000 teachers and impacted more than 6,000,000 children.[13] In recent years, Teach For All partners support over 16,000 teachers impacting over 1,150,000 children annually.[3] There have been inquiries about joining the Teach For All network from social entrepreneurs in a number of additional countries.

Table of Member Organizations
Organization Name Country Year Founded
Enseñá por Argentina Argentina 2009
Ensina Brasil Brazil 2016
Teach For Armenia Armenia 2013
Teach For Australia Australia 2009
Teach For Austria Austria 2011
Teach For Bangladesh Bangladesh 2012
Teach For Belgium Belgium 2013
Teach For Bulgaria Bulgaria 2010
Enseña Chile Chile 2007
Teach For China China 2010
Enseña por Colombia Colombia 2010
Teach First Danmark Denmark 2015
Enseña Ecuador Ecuador 2013
Noored Kooli (Youth to School) Estonia 2006
Teach For France France 2015
Teach First Deutschland Germany 2008
Teach For Ghana Ghana 2016
Anseye Pou Ayiti Haiti 2015
Teach For India India 2007
Teach First Israel Israel 2010
Teach For Japan Japan 2012
Iespējamā Misija (Mission Possible) Latvia 2008
Teach For Lebanon Lebanon 2008
Renkuosi Mokyti! (Let’s Teach!) Lithuania 2012
Teach For Malaysia Malaysia 2011
Enseña por Méxìco Méxìco 2013
Teach For Nepal Nepal 2012
Teach First NZ New Zealand 2011
Enseña por Panamá Panama 2015
EnseñaPerú Peru 2010
Teach for the Philippines The Philippines 2012
Teach For Qatar Qatar 2013
Teach For Romania Romania 2014
Teach For Slovakia Slovakia 2014
Empieza por Educar Spain 2011
Teach For Sweden Sweden 2013
Teach For Cambodia Cambodia 2017
Teach For Vietnam Vietnam 2017
Teach For Thailand Thailand 2013
Teach First United Kingdom 2001
Teach For America United States 1990
Enseña Uruguay Uruguay 2014


The Teach For All theory of change is based on raising up "leaders in any sector who have seen the battlefield [of educating in under-served communities and] will become powerful allies in the quest to improve the worst schools."[14] Approximately 50-70% of Teach For All partners' alumni stay in education long-term.[14] Some alumni continue to work towards improving education systems and outcomes in other ways, such as by developing online teaching resources.[14] Upon joining the network, each local organization is responsible for its governance and funding and is encouraged to develop a distinct brand and logo.[4]


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  3. ^ a b Reuters (13 August 2015). “Western Union Foundation Announces Grants Supporting Teach For All Education Programs across Several Countries”. Retrieved 4 April 2016
  4. ^ a b Davies, Anna (May 2014) “Spreading Social Innovations: A Case Study Report”. The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe (TEPSIE), European Commission. Retrieved 4 April 2016.
  5. ^ Machuca Castillo, Gabriela (5 April 2014). “Modelo a Seguir”. Somos. Retrieved 18 April 2016
  6. ^ Dillon, Sam (21 September 2011). “Global Effort to Recruit Teachers Expand”. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 April 2016
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  8. ^ “Teach For All”. Skoll Foundation. Retrieved 5 April 2016
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  10. ^ Friedman, Thomas (29 October 2013). "Meet the Makers". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2016
  11. ^ "Network Partners". Teach For All. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  12. ^ Rosalind Wiggins Z., Rosalind (November 2013). “PromiseNet: Toward A More Unified Network?” Yale School of Management Case Study. Retrieved 18 April 2016
  13. ^ Rayner, Christine (March 2015). “A Different Class”. DHL Magazine. Retrieved 18 April 2016
  14. ^ a b c (14 February 2015). “High-fliers in the classroom”. The Economist. Retrieved 18 April 2016