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  • Teaching Matters | Great teachers. Bright futures.
    also activities for the student to do in order to answer those Read More Comments 2011 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation By admin Posted Tuesday January 11 2011 2 05pm Are you an innovative school leader Does your curriculum strike a balance between core academic and 21st century skills Is your school pioneering new strategies for collaboration and assessment Would you like additional resources to support your vision If so Teaching Matters wants to hear from you Beginning March 1 2011 Teaching Matters will accept nominations for The Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation The winner of The Rohatyn Prize will receive a one time award of 15 000 to support sustain or further an innovative school learning environment program or practice that has the potential to be replicated by other schools Applicants can self nominate or be nominated by a colleague Submissions may focus on any of the five categories addressed in Teaching Matters Rubric for School Innovation The Rohatyn Prize was created to recognize and support the efforts of our principals Teaching Matters values the work school leaders do and we want to ensure that other educators know about and learn from these successful Read More Comments Voices and Choices Institute 1 12 2011 By admin Posted Monday January 10 2011 10 05am Voices and Choices Teacher Institute Wednesday January 12 2011 8 30 AM 3 00 PM 475 Riverside Drive New York NY 10115 http actevarsvp com event a0j70000000Bn4r Voices and Choices is a three unit series exploring the role of civics and active citizenship in a democracy The units are designed to complement sixth seventh and eighth grade middle school curricula in social studies This free one day teacher institute is open to all educators interested in implementing one of the Voices and Choices units and participating in a city wide culminating event Click here to register The sixth grade unit Democracy in Ancient Greece focuses on democracy and citizenship within the context of the western world s first democracy in ancient Athens The seventh grade unit Constitution Today focuses on current issues of public debate relating to the Constitution of the United States The eighth grade unit The Evolution Read More Comments Four Questions for Karen Mapp By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Tuesday December 14 2010 12 17pm On Wednesday December 8 2010 Teaching Matters Common Sense Media and Computers for Youth co sponsored a Special Principal s Forum entitled Connecting Schools and Families A Conversation with Karen Mapp Dr Mapp the Director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and co author of the acclaimed book Beyond the Bake Sale The Essential Guide to Family School Partnerships gave an engaging and informative presentation full of practical strategies school leaders can use to improve family involvement Teaching Matters caught up with Dr Mapp before the forum to discuss the challenge and necessity of building partnerships between schools and parents to ensure student success Teaching Matters What are some

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  • Teaching Matters | Great teachers. Bright futures.
    Education Award Celebration Joel Klein By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Thursday November 4 2010 8 08am Teaching Matters honored New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel I Klein yesterday as a Champion of Innovation and Education Teaching Matters recognized Chancellor Klein s extraordinary contributions to teaching and learning as well as his strategic focus to improve student achievement through technology innovations from Read More Comments Teaching Matters 2nd Annual Champions of Innovation and Education Celebration By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Thursday October 28 2010 12 41pm On Wednesday November 3rd 2010 Teaching Matters will honor New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel I Klein as a Champion of Innovation and Education Teaching Matters recognizes Chancellor Klein s extraordinary contributions to teaching and learning as well as his strategic focus to improve student achievement through technology innovations from Read More Comments Questioning the Effect of Home Computers on Student Achievement By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Friday October 8 2010 1 16pm Do home computers have a negative effect on underperforming students According to a recent study out of Duke University the answer is yes But are we asking the wrong question Jacob Vigdor and Helen Ladd of Duke University s Sanford School of Public Policy recently published Scaling the Digital Divide Home Computer Technology and Student Achievement Read More Comments Disruptive Innovation It s Coming By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Thursday July 29 2010 11 35am Teaching Matters hosted principals from across New York City and other education industry leaders to dialog with Michael Horn co author of the bestselling book Disrupting Class at our Third Annual Forum for Principals on July 13th What is interesting about innovations that are disruptive is that initially they may appear to be much lower quality especially in comparison to what is available for example the 300 mini laptop is not as powerful as your old desktop computer but they offer other appealing advantages convenience affordability simplicity and the ability to serve individuals who previously might have been left behind The opportunities for disruptive innovation often happen in areas of non consumption that is places where there is a need but little to no service available Over time as more people take advantage of the lower quality but innovative product it continues to improve and eventually leads the market displacing what came before Read More Comments Students Speak Out By Posted Monday May 24 2010 4 55pm by Lauren Morris and John Clemente In the last several weeks our country has witnessed national events with serious implications for our core democratic institutions A controversial Arizona immigration law and ban on ethnic studies in public schools have groups organizing on both sides And the terrorist attack averted in Times Square caused politicians to debate new legislation to revoke the citizenship of potential terrorists inspires those who are passionate about the repercussions for what it means to be American Mayor David N Dinkins Young people have always been instrumental in the most important social change in our society On

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  • Teaching Matters | Great teachers. Bright futures.
    and what it does and because people have had a hard time explaining the tool it has come off as a complicated application However after playing with it for a couple days my opinion is just the opposite So what is Google Wave The easiest way to think about Google Wave is to imagine real time email or a combination of email and instant messaging You can send and recieve messages just like email but if the person people you are writing to are online you can have a real time conversation with them They can even see your key strokes while you re typing On top of this tricked out email system they have added gadgets to enrich the whole experience These are embeddable tools that allow you to do such things as polling video conferencing even sudoku again all in real time There s even a playback feature if you want to visually see how the conversation took place So what does it do for Schools Teacher conferencing was the first thing that came to mind when I thought Read More Comments Google s New Assessment Tool By eodonnell Posted Tuesday November 24 2009 5 21pm Google s next big thing in education might not be Google Wave or Google Apps for education but a new data analysis tool they ve been working on Google Fusion Tables Google s long been known for making the hard to do simple and Fusion Tables is no different It makes looking at data simple if you ve ever struggled with a pivot table in excel you ll appreciate immediately what it does Fusion Tables takes a standard data table either imported from excel or shared from Google Apps and allows you to visualize the data without any technical complexity So imagine you re a middle school looking to improve your students in ELA You ve bought into the data movement you get that there will always be standardized tests and measures but that periodic assessments are also important You even have your teachers on board have setup data teams to meet and look at the data and have worked hard to standardize your rubrics But you don t have any money for a fancy system the ones your district provide you only work with the standardized data and everything else is either paper based or on individual spreadsheets gradebooks So how will Google help First setup Google Apps for education it s free and allows your teachers to collaborate Read More Comments School of One By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Wednesday July 29 2009 5 10pm Not an Integrated Learning System A New Vision for Teacher Collaboration and Specialization This week I went to see School of One declared a futuristic 21 st century classroom NYTIMES GOTHAMSCHOOLS And it has taken me a while to process I met with architect of the system Joel Rose last year He described a vision of a learning environment that met students exactly at their levels

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  • Teaching Matters | Great teachers. Bright futures.
    Job By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Friday June 12 2009 9 50am I had been waiting for someone to invent this Simulations of some pretty challenging students to test the mettle and prepare pre service educators This video below says it all It appears to be a pretty expensive model of teacher development but the cost of figuring our classroom management on simulated students not real ones might be a few extra points on the ELA or Math tests And we know that counts for quite a bit these days Read More Comments The Innovation Conversation Poised to Change the Education Debate By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Friday June 12 2009 9 43am For those interested in education innovation made possible by technology you must read Bill Tucker s new report Beyond the Bubble Technology and the Future of Student Assessment Bill is reframing the debate between two key education camps Bill s key idea is that ultimately we don t have to choose between accountability systems and instruction that addresses a broad array of skills and deep content Because whether you are Joel Klein Michelle Rhee or Linda Darling Hammond you have common ground on one thing our assessments can be radically improved Over the last eight years education took major steps towards holding schools accountable and measuring their progress But our actual assessments for the most part took a few steps back We automated the most basic forms of assessment and states stopped experiments in performance based assessments designed to measure the higher order thinking our kids need to succeed in the future Now that the FEDS the teachers union and the governors ALL Read More Comments Change You Can Believe In By Lynette Guastaferro Posted Friday June 12 2009 9 49am For those interested in education innovation made possible by technology you must read Bill Tucker s new report Beyond the Bubble Technology and the Future of Student Assessment Bill is reframing the debate between two key education camps Bill s key idea is that ultimately we don t have to choose between accountability systems and instruction that addresses a broad array of skills and deep content Because whether you are Joel Klein Michelle Rhee or Linda Darling Hammond you have common ground on one thing our assessments can be radically improved Over the last eight years education took major steps towards holding schools accountable and measuring their progress But our actual assessments for the most part took a few steps back We automated the most basic forms of assessment and states stopped experiments in performance based assessments designed to measure the higher order thinking our kids need to succeed in the future Now that the FEDS the teachers union and the governors ALL agree that we need national standards this conversation about investing seriously in assessment innovation is extremely timely and relevant My vote for how to use some of this stimulus For more discussion on this issue click here Read More Comments Low Cost Computing It s

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  • Teaching Matters | Great teachers. Bright futures.
    Fariña Says Discipline Code Revisions Still in the Works 10 31 2014 In the News WNYC Fariña spoke about her shakeup of school superintendents at a luncheon sponsored by the professional development group Teaching Matters regarding school leadership Read Article Teaching Matters Introduces Digital Badges for Teacher Leaders 10 28 2014 In the News THE Journal Teaching Matters will offer the micro credentials digital badges in a pilot program involving 150 teachers in New York City schools that will have meta data embedded in them to provide evidence of the teachers expertise and capacity to lead Read Article Brooklyn principal changing James Madison High s rep 07 25 2014 In the News NY Daily News Cohen was named the top principal in the metro area beating out veteran educators for the 25 000 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize and helped the school begin to shed its randy rep Read Article Student Poets Open Up Using Rhyme and Meter 06 09 2014 In the News WNYC A jittery and excited gaggle of about 250 middle schoolers from 17 different New York City public schools gathered recently for the culminating event of a four week poetry writing program run by the group Teaching Matters Read Article Educators question contract s bet on teacher training over student tutoring 05 06 2014 In the News Chalkbeat New York When our entire educational force has to reboot because of the Common Core it is essential that teachers have time to learn Read Article Ask the Experts 7 Ways to Improve K 12 Public Education 04 16 2014 In the News NationSwell No teacher is an island And yet in the traditional education model each teacher works alone isolated in his or her own classroom without adequate communication or support from the school or from peers This is

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  • Case Study: JHS 216 | Teaching Matters
    3 of middle schools citywide in percentage of students being proficient in ELA After achieving an A in Student Progress from the New York City Dept of Education in its 2008 Progress Report MS216Q expanded on its success in 2009 by scoring another A and moving many of its ELA level 3 achievers into level 4 Working in Partnership with Teaching Matters since 2007 Principal Reginald Landeau implemented Writing Matters Teaching Matters digital age writing program and Voices Choices Teaching Matters participatory social studies program The highly favorable results from 2007 prompted him to expand use of Writing Matters to all of the school s grade levels ever since The 2009 study conducted by EDC s Center for Children and Technology showed significant gains in writing ability between struggling students at 216Q enrolled in Teaching Matters writing program as compared to a peer group of students enrolled at a similar school Teaching Matters comprehensive programs and effective professional development have provided our school a critical baseline for advancing our ELA instruction in ways that promote children s writing and critical thinking skills Furthermore we saw significant improvement in the performance of the students who struggled most Reginald Landeau MS 216Q

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  • Case Study: PS 52 - Excels in ELA | Teaching Matters
    student ELA progress the school earned an A on the New York City Department of Education Progress Report PS 52 demonstrated an extraordinary ability to move students at least one year of progress as measured by the ELA test outperforming all of its peer schools Furthermore PS 52 had higher average proficiency improvements for level 1 and 2 students than 97 of all NYC schools Since partnering with Teaching Matters three years ago Principal Linda Pough has utilized the Writing Matters digital age writing program as a major component of PS 52 s successful ELA instruction for beginning in grade 3 Teaching Matter s on site professional developers support teachers by modeling lessons co teaching and planning while also giving teachers tech and pedagogical support Our teachers and students use the Writing Matters comprehensive genre units with Teaching Matters professional development to help us continue our overall ELA success story The Writing Matters program s differentiated instruction helps us dramatically advance student writing ability across a wide range of student ability levels The program applies technology in ways that directly align to our instructional and assessment practices that engage our students and saves our teachers valuable time Linda Pough Principal

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  • Case Study: PS 129 - Improving ELA Proficiency | Teaching Matters
    proportion of students making at least one year of progress in ELA The school outperformed all schools in its peer group in both percentage of students proficient in ELA and median student proficiency The school provides each student with his her own laptop allowing PS 129 s Principal Yvette Beasley to focus on preparing students with the new skills they need in the 21st century while ensuring that they continue to make progress in areas of core content Ms Beasley turned to Teaching Matters in 2006 to help her faculty advance instruction through innovations made possible by technology and to improve students overall performance As a critical part of the partnership the school comprehensively implemented Writing Matters a digital age writing program designed by Teaching Matters extensively throughout the middle school The program is currently used by 100 of the teachers and students in 6th and 7th grade We could not have made the kind of progress we have without the commitment and hard work of our staff and Teaching Matters They have been critical partners to our success especially in rethinking our instructional approach to take advantage of technology in the English Language Arts Based on our tremendous success

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