Recommended Reading: "Teaching Digital Natives"

By: Lynette Guastaferro Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:49pm

In Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning, internationally acclaimed writer, consultant and game designer Marc Prensky outlines strategies for engaging students in the classroom and making technologically-saavy students partners in their own learning.

In Chapter 2,  Moving to a Partnering Pedagogy, Prensky highlights Teaching Matters’ Voices and Choices curriculum as an exemplary model designed to meet the needs of the 21st century classroom:

“Guided, structured, or scaffolded partnering is practiced by many teachers who do project- or inquiry-based learning with students considered to be at risk. One group that helps many teachers do guided partnering is a New York City organization called Teaching Matters (www. Teachingmatters.org) They offer packaged solutions in the form of fully designed partnering projects on a variety of topics. Their designs include not only guiding questions, but also activities for the student to do in order to answer those...


2011 Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation

By: admin Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 3:05pm

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...


Voices and Choices Institute: 1-12-2011

By: admin Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:05am

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...


Four Questions for Karen Mapp

By: Lynette Guastaferro Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 1:17pm

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 of the major challenges urban schools face in increasing family involvement in...


Live Stream Wednesday at 4:00PM - Connecting Schools and Families: A Conversation with Karen Mapp

By: Lynette Guastaferro Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 10:16am

Join us Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 4:00PM for a live stream of our Special Principal's Forum - Connecting Schools and Families: A Conversation with Karen Mapp.

Karen Mapp, Director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will guide us in strategizing new ways to foster a home-school connection focused on student success. The session will draw on Dr. Mapp’s acclaimed book, Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships.

We welcome you to participate in the conversation via Twitter, #teachingmatters.


NYC Connected Learning: Creating the Digital Village in Urban America

By: admin Posted: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 10:01pm

CFY Family Workshop

One of the hottest topics in American education these days is extending the learning day and with good reason. As Americans stare down what Tony Wagner terms the “global education gap” and contemplate the possibility that our entire K-12 education system is slipping into obsolescence, many educators and families alike are searching for ways to improve learning by devoting more time to it. One glaring fact is that by the time the average American student graduates high school, she or he will have spent a ...


Please Join Us for a Special Forum for Principals

By: admin Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 4:28pm

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
3:45 pm - 6:00 pm
at WNET/Channel 13
450 West 33rd Street 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Connecting Schools and Families: A Conversation with Karen Mapp

Disrupting ClassKaren Mapp, Director of the Education Policy and Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will guide us in strategizing new ways to foster a home-school connection focused on student success.

The session draws on Dr. Mapp’s acclaimed book, Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential...


Assessing Your Innovation Capabilities

By: admin Posted: Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 1:30pm

Kudos to John Clemente, Teaching Matters' Director of Educational Services!

On Thursday, November 18, John facilitated an online session entitled "Assessing Your Innovation Capabilities" as part of the 2010 Global Education Conference.

Participants from around the world tuned to learn how Teaching Matters' Rubric for School Innovation can be used to move schools toward becoming successful 21st century learning environments. Click here to access a recording of the live session.


2010 Global Education Conference, November 15-19

By: admin Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 7:43pm

Teaching Matters has been selected to participate in the 2010 Global Education Conference being held November 15 - 19, 2010. The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, world-wide community effort to increase opportunities for globally-connecting education activities and initiatives.

The conference currently has scheduled 50 keynote addresses and over 300 general sessions  from 62 countries.  Sessions will focus on teachers, students, curriculum, policy and leadership and global issues.

On Thursday, November 18 at noon, John Clemente, Teaching Matters' Director of Educational Services, will faciliate a session entitltled "Assessing Your Innovation Capabilities." Participants will learn how Teaching Matters' Rubric for School Innovation can be used to move schools toward becoming sucessful 21st century learning...


Bob Herbert’s Keynote Address

By: Lynette Guastaferro Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 4:16pm

“It’s No Longer Sufficient to Say ‘We Can Do Better,’ We Have to Do Better”

In case you missed the live stream, check out video of Bob Herbert’s keynote address from Teaching Matters’ Champions of Innovation and Education Celebration.