Teaching Matters Receives Over $3.6 Million to Develop Data Tool, Expand Literacy Program to 62 High-Needs Elementary Schools in New York City

NEW YORK, June 28, 2018 - The New York Community Trust made a three-year, $3,608,000 grant to expand Teaching Matters’ Early Reading Matters program and develop a data tool with New Visions for Public Schools that monitors students’ progress toward grade-level reading. The award to Teaching Matters represents the largest single grant from The New York Community Trust’s Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education.

Teaching Matters is dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, one of the most critical factors in student success. Its Early Reading Matters program supports elementary schools to close the reading gap by third grade. The program takes a competency-based approach to K-3 literacy teachers’ professional learning by providing rigorous, targeted and sustained support to teacher leaders and teachers to impact their student’s reading capability.

Early Reading Matters improves instructional outcomes in New York City (NYC) public schools with high concentrations of poverty where reading scores are lowest. The program is currently in 32 schools, 28 of which are located in the Bronx. In these schools, there has been a 50 percent increase in the number of students reading at grade level by the end of second grade.

Through a fund created through the estate of the late Brooke Astor, The New York Community Trust is funding programs to improve the quality of early education throughout the city. With the funding, Early Reading Matters will be expanded to a total of 62 NYC high-needs elementary schools by 2021. The grant also supports a partnership between Teaching Matters and New Visions for Public Schools to develop an early literacy data tool. The innovative tool will assess growth in students’ reading proficiency and bolster teachers' ability to use research-based reading instruction.

"This significant investment to scale Teaching Matters’ approach to improve reading instruction in K-3 helps ensure quality teaching for all children, no matter their zip code,” said Lynette Guastaferro, CEO of Teaching Matters.

The New York Community Trust is a public charity that connects the past, present, and future generous New Yorkers with vital nonprofits, like Teaching Matters, working to make a healthy, equitable, and thriving community for all. It welcomes new donors.

About Teaching Matters

Teaching Matters is a leader in the national movement to support leadership as a critical means to improving teacher effectiveness and student achievement across the nation’s school systems. The organization works to promote lasting changes to teacher quality and has been at the forefront of professional development for teachers in the U.S. Teaching Matters aims to close the opportunity gap in urban schools by providing competency-based professional learning. Over the course of nearly 25 years, Teaching Matters has offered year-round, in-depth programming to approximately 1,000 schools, 30,000 teachers and 500,000 students. For more information, visit teachingmatters.org.


Kylee Tsuru
Momentum Communications Group