Who We Are
Teaching Matters is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to measurably increasing teacher effectiveness to prepare all students with critical thinking and college readiness skills.
What We Do
We partner with school leaders to establish a set of critical conditions for success that support teachers to reach excellence. Teaching Matters helps educators target their most pressing challenges and improve their results. As a leading New York City Professional Development organization, Teaching Matters:
Why Teaching Matters
Increasing the quality of urban education is the moral imperative of our generation. To do this, we must invest in and value quality teaching. The U.S. has only begun to realize the importance of teachers as a critical lever to growing our national economy. Research shows that teachers are the single most important school-related factor influencing student achievement. A student with three consecutive years of an effective teacher will make significant, permanent learning gains and higher lifetime earnings.* Our struggling urban schools face an uphill battle to attract and retain the most effective teachers -- creating a critical disparity. It is our goal to work with educators to close this gap.
Since our founding in 1994, we have reached thousands of educators in more than half of New York City's 1,700-plus schools—the largest, most complex school system in the country. In a given year, our staff works with more than 200 public schools reaching approximately 2,000 teachers and 80,000 students.
* Chetty, Friedman, Rockoff (2011) and Sanders, Rivers (1996).
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