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Hurricane Katrina: Blessing in Disguise for NOLA Schools?

Complete video at: The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp debate about whether or not Hurricane Katrina was ultimately a positive event for New Orleans' public school system. "So you had a nucleus in place, poised to take advantage of an opportunity," says Gladwell. "The opportunity was Katrina, and that allowed an awful lot of change to happen in a very short period of time." ----- Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, sits down for a dialogue with writer, Malcolm Gladwell, to explore important trends of progress in education reform and common approaches found in successful classrooms and schools that we can learn from and act on to replicate success. The conversation critically examines the current debates about education reform and the extent to which they are missing the core of the solutions found in the classrooms, schools, and districts where children are getting a life-changing education. - New York Public Library Wendy Kopp has spent the past 18 years developing the Teach for America corps into a prestigious, highly regarded program that attracts some of the nation's brightest young men and women. Kopp holds honorary doctorate degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Rhodes College, Pace University, Mercy College, Smith College, Princeton University, Connecticut College, and Drew University. She is the author of One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way, and is the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor the school confers on its undergraduate alumni. In 2006, she was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News and World Report. Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is most recently the author of, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures, and The New York Times best-selling books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, and Outliers: The Story of Success.
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