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  • Assessment Matters | Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    Teaching Matters coaches support leaders and teachers in establishing school wide systems for standards based data tracking using an innovative standards based mastery tracking platform MasteryConnect Teachers will learn how to identify and implement common assessments refine instruction based on analysis of data and work together to continuously improve their practice Teacher leaders will learn to guide their peers towards better teaching grounded in a deep understanding of students strengths and challenges School leaders will create an assessment informed school culture where both teachers and students use formative data to direct and enhance their learning Measurable Outcomes School wide systems for tracking and analyzing common assessment data QR 2 2 High functioning teacher teams engaged in instructional improvement through the study of targeted and timely data QR 4 2 Principals Get Ongoing support in establishing a school wide assessment and data tracking strategy Expert technical support implementing MasteryConnect Periodic customized reports on teacher and student progress Final impact report Teachers Get A common platform for tracking student progress Leading Teacher Teams institute and school based assessment workshops Access to training modules housed in a learning management system Job embedded coaching from a Teaching Matters coach Learn More It s 9

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  • Early Reading Matters | Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success Annie E Casey Foundation Early Warning Confirmed Teaching Matters early literacy coaches provide teachers with targeted support in effectively planning and executing the components of the reading block frequently assessing students and engaging in collaborative inquiry Teachers will learn how to implement research based strategies identify and use high quality texts and align teaching to the Common Core standards while being mindful of the needs of very young students As an important element we also build the capacity of your early literacy teacher leaders to sustain this work Measurable Outcomes Improved student reading levels Research based effective early literacy instruction QR 1 2 High functioning teams engaged in collaborative inquiry practices QR 4 2 Principals Get A workshop on leading school change in early reading instruction Mentoring in using trackable look fors to support effective early reading instruction Data analysis and reporting on progress to support the school wide data team Final impact report Teacher Leaders Get Early Literacy Institute Leading Teacher Teams institute School based early literacy workshops Access to Early Reading Matters Toolkit Job embedded coaching from an early literacy coach An easy to use

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  • Math Matters | Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    elementary math students can be attributed to the quality of their teacher National Mathematics Advisory Panel 2008 Teaching Matters math coaches lead teachers to improve the teaching and learning of math through targeted support in curriculum assessment instruction and collaborative inquiry Teachers will learn how to establish standards based common curricula and assessments execute effective lessons that exemplify Common Core instructional shifts and Standards for Mathematical Practice engage students in rich mathematical discussions identify and address common student misconceptions and collaboratively refine their instruction based on data analysis As an important element we also build the capacity of your math teacher leaders to sustain this work Measurable Outcomes Research based effective math instruction QR 1 2 Implementation of Common Core aligned curriculum QR 1 1 Common assessments that inform instruction QR 2 2 High functioning teams engaged in collaborative inquiry practices QR 4 2 Improved student learning as measured by common assessments Principals Get Support in what to look for in an effective math lesson A thought partner for your school s math initiatives Final impact report Teacher Leaders Get Leading Teacher Teams institute School based customized math workshops Access to resources and training modules housed in a learning management

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  • Our Cause | Teaching Matters
    a nearly insurmountable obstacle for students Schools need extensive help particularly in urban environments It starts with transforming the professional culture of teaching and building teacher effectiveness Investments Must Count Urban School districts are forced to spend millions every year on teacher recruitment often affecting those students who need experienced teachers When schools are able to retain teachers students and teachers thrive and thousands of dollars can be invested in critical programs A Moment of Opportunity Positive change comes when teachers are positioned to be leaders We help make that happen We build the capacity of a core group of teachers to lead and deepen the instructional practice of their colleagues We work at schools where there s the greatest need and strive to eliminate the opportunity gaps that mar public education and harm students futures Our Strategy Our strategy calls for expanding our footprint by scaling Teaching for Impact to 115 schools Over the next four years we will support more than 6 325 teacher leaders and team members and 73 600 learners through this initiative alone Our model is one of deep transformation that when fully implemented affects every teacher and every child in each school Our Commitment Our Mission is to develop and retain great teachers and measurably increase their ability to give students in urban public schools an excellent education We ve spent two decades fighting for urban students futures and share ownership of student outcomes with the educators we support Our job isn t done until there are real measurable increases in teacher effectiveness The Power of Public Private Partnership Private philanthropy strengthens our ability to innovate research and test new designs for teaching and learning so often a constraint of public funding Teaching Matters annually invests approximately 1 5 million in private dollars to

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  • Our Impact | Teaching Matters
    principals reported that their Teaching Matters trained teacher leaders improved overall teacher effectiveness 91 reported that their teacher leaders had a substantial impact on teacher evaluations Improving teacher retention 92 of Teaching Matters teacher leaders plan to stay in the profession beyond the next 5 years The national average is 50 Improving student achievement We work with the schools where the need is the greatest All students deserve a great

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  • Points of Practice | Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    These roles must be skillfully woven into the structures of school leadership and organized as practitioner networks that extend beyond their classrooms and schools Class Divide Poverty Segregation and Teacher Quality Issue Two October 2014 Nationwide teaching excellence is distributed extremely unevenly Despite a long standing mandate in the No Child Left Behind Act to equalize the quality of teaching all children receive there are still huge discrepancies in the distribution of what the U S Department of Education terms effective teachers This second issue of our multimedia online magazine features policy experts and those on the front lines students and adults working in schools who address what effective teaching is and how to make sure students from all strata in urban and suburban settings alike have parity In this issue we propose and elaborate upon five ways to help spread teacher excellence more fairly It s About Time What It Takes to Implement Common Core and Improve Learning Issue One March 2014 The Common Core State Standards have elicited both enthusiastic praise and blistering criticism What does it take to do Common Core right For one thing adequate time and support In this issue of Points of Practice we

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  • Teaching Matters' Blog | Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    Read More Comments Teacher Leaders Planting a flag or foot in the classroom By Sharon Rubinstein Posted Friday April 24 2015 7 57am Jose Vilson has been a math teacher in Manhattan for about a decade He s part of the new crop of Teacher Leaders with one foot in the classroom and another on a career ladder up When he first began expanding his duties it was to coach other teachers in math instruction Now he s an advocate and author too and a board member of the Center for Teacher Quality one of the supporters of the federal Teach to Lead initiative He says he has no plans to leave his school anytime soon Just what and who are teacher leaders Why does the role exist And who chooses them A key feature of teacher leadership as it is evolving now is greater precision about qualifications selection tasks and rewards Professor Susan Moore Johnson who has been advocating for a more differentiated teacher corps since the 1980s says the teacher leader role responds to a relatively flat teaching profession that has characterized American public education By recognizing teachers for their expertise and providing them increased responsibilities the teacher leader position creates some elevation she says and can stem the fast swinging revolving door of teachers that creates instability in the workforce and problems for schools that have to cope with Read More Comments Creating Teacher Leadership Targets and Hitting Them with Micro Credentials By Sharon Rubinstein Posted Thursday April 9 2015 6 39pm By Leonard Sparks As middle school English Language Arts ELA teacher Marlena Salubro grows so do her students What began as an exercise she was assigned to in the researcher module for Teaching Matters new micro credentialing program led to her finding an article outlining successful reading and writing strategies for students And it has already paid dividends It took this article and the whole research module to make us realize okay maybe we should just abandon this and try some of the other ideas that the article suggested did work she said We just did a benchmark recently and actually the reading already went up Salubro is part of a group of New York City teachers pursuing micro credentials in the pilot program Teaching Matters is running Those teachers can earn micro credentials in 18 competencies built on a national model of teacher leader standards Earning those credentials or digital badges requires meeting rigorous assessments including observations of team meetings and evidence of impact on classroom practice But the potential payoffs are numerous recognition of teachers committed to improving their craft improved Read More Comments Teacher Leadership By Any Other Name Distributing the Load at Tompkins Square Middle School By Sharon Rubinstein Posted Monday March 30 2015 2 11pm Stacey Fell says she realized she was in a school that valued teacher input from the first minutes of her job interview I knew that this was different she remembers It was a room full

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  • Our Team | Teaching Matters
    serves as an advisor to The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color and The Education Design Studio Incubator at The University of Pennsylvania Mary holds a BA in History from Fordham University and an MPA from Baruch College The City University of New York Educational Consultants Pam Abramson Senior Educational Consultant pabramson teachingmatters org Pamela Abramson is an educational consultant for Teaching Matters Pamela s interests range from providing an educational climate where students enjoy the learning experience to creating a classroom with opportunities for students to master innovative technology Prior to joining the Teaching Matters team Pamela evaluated the instructional practices of tenured teachers for continued service Previously she created lessons for One laptop Per child Earlier in her career Pam was a second and third grade teacher in a public New York City elementary school for 7 years Pamela received an M A from New York University and a B A from the University of Wisconsin Madison Jacobé Bell Senior Educational Consultant jbell teachingmatters org Jacobe Bell comes to Teaching Matters with over a decade of experience teaching and leading in urban education at both the school and network level She is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Masters in Urban Education from Mercy College Passionate about closing the achievement gap Jacobe works directly with teachers teacher leaders and principals to improve school effectiveness Her professional interests lie in curriculum design instructional strategies leadership development and student engagement in urban schools Howard Better Educational Consultant hbetter teachingmatters org Mr Better currently teaches 3 D Computer Animation at New York City College of Technology For the past nine years he has been teaching Animation and Video workshops to middle school students which have culminated in videos focusing on subject matter such as Renaissance Art Greek Fables Cubism and the History of Jackson Heights He has been a film and video artist for twenty five years He has received a Puffin Foundation grant and has exhibited his work in New York and other cities He has taught Animation and Filmmaking at Brooklyn College and Bloomfield College in New Jersey Fran Corvasce Senior Educational Consultant fcorvasce teachingmatters org Dr Fran Corvasce joined Teaching Matters this year after a 36 year career as a New York City educator Dr Corvasce was the citywide social studies instructional specialist for social studies 6 12 for the New York City Department of Education where she was one of the team that developed the customized New York City Social Studies scope and sequence and supporting unit guides Additionally she developed curriculum and conducted professional development institutes in several instructional initiatives Prior to her citywide position Dr Corvasce served as the Region 7 instructional supervisor for social studies K 12 and the Director of middle school programs and social studies for Community School District 20 in Brooklyn as well as teaching social studies and humanities for over twenty years Jelbin DeLaCruz Senior Educational Consultant jdelacruz teachingmatters org Jelbin DelaCruz has been in the field of education for over seventeen years eleven with Teaching Matters Through his work as an educational coach he has maintained long standing relationships with schools at every level throughout the five boroughs His commitment to enhancing the experiences of students in New York City has always grounded his coaching around instructional methods that lead to high levels of student achievement From technology integration to developing rigorous project based learning experiences and more recently his work around teacher leadership Mr DelaCruz continues provide support to schools across a range of educational approaches Bill Donaldson Senior Educational Consultant bdonaldson teachingmatters org Mr Donaldson has worked with teachers and students for more than eight years Over the past three years Bill has designed implemented and refined the Digital Literature and History in Focus programs He is currently developing a new program for public schools called the Poetry Network that promises to inspire students through poetry and technology He has also coordinated special projects at Teaching Matters from the Annenberg Foundation the Helena Rubinstein Foundation and the National Science Foundation Mr Donaldson holds a BA from University of Michigan and a Masters in Elementary Education from Hunter College Xiania Foster Senior Educational Consultant xfoster teachingmatters org Xiania began her career as a Kindergarten 1st and 3rd grade teacher in Newark Public Schools Her interest in collaborating with colleagues to help expand literacy expertise in the early grades prompted her to design and lead reading and writing workshops Ms Foster left the K 12 world temporarily to serve as the Education Policy Analyst in Newark Mayor Cory A Booker s Office Afterward she co founded Newark Educators Community Charter School and served as the lead administrator Before joining Teaching Matters she worked as the Early Childhood Director for BRICK Academy and a vice principal at a turnaround school in Newark Ms Foster holds a B A in English from Mount Holyoke College an M A in Education in Teaching Literacy and General Education from Bank Street College of Education and an M A in Building Leadership from Columbia University s Teachers College She was recognized for her work when she received a New Jersey Governor s Teacher Recognition Award in 2008 and a Leaders Legends Award for Outstanding Achievement in Early Care and Childhood Education in 2014 Jennifer Gleason Senior Educational Consultant jgleason teachingmatters org Jennifer Gleason is an Educational Consultant and Information Systems Developer at Teaching Matters In this role she develops and supports websites and works with school leaders and teachers helping them move toward learner centered pedagogy supported by new technologies Jennifer began her career as a software engineer at IBM where she developed and tested enterprise software In addition Jennifer worked for the Buck Institute for Education as an Education Pioneer Fellow Jennifer earned an MA in Communications Computing and Technology in Education from Columbia University Teachers College and holds a BS from Binghamton University William Heller Ph D Senior Educational Consultant wheller teachingmatters org Dr Heller brings over 18 years

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