Fifteen years ago, in response to a growing concern that a basic literacy gap would become a more serious technological and critical thinking gap for students in disadvantaged neighborhoods, a group of former teachers and I founded Teaching Matters.
Not wanting the technology gap to catapult into a permanent achievement gap, we started down a path of using technology to help engage youngsters who were struggling to read and write -- convinced that if we introduced teachers to new kinds of instruction made possible by technology we would ultimately help improve student performance.
Thus, dedicated to promoting excellence in student learning, at Teaching Matters we strive to create learning environments where the use of technology makes learning more effective, efficient and engaging.
Ever mindful that technology is not the focus of what is going on in classrooms, just the tool; Teaching Matters constantly works on updating and customizing its materials to respond to particular needs. To be optimally effective, we must be flexible.
Our approach is making a difference. To date, Teaching Matters has provided professional development to teachers and principals from half of New York’s 1,600 public schools – directly impacting 80,000 last year alone.
Over the years, Teaching Matters has also helped bring one-to-one computing initiatives to several of our schools; our dream is becoming reality!
We are striving to level the playing field for all students who require and deserve equal avenues to success in the digital age. We are passionate about creating and providing new opportunities to innovate for student advancement through the use of instructional technology that expands and enhances their educational experience.
The need is great, the time is now, and our community of friends is growing. We invite you to partner with us in this important work.
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