First Annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation

By: admin Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 11:28am

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, Teaching Matters announced the first annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for School Innovation -- a $15,000 award to be given to a school that exemplifies an academically rigorous and technologically innovative learning environment. Submissions will be open to all publicly-funded K-12 schools in the New York metropolitan area. The Prize will be awarded yearly beginning July 2011.

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. The award can be applied to equipment, materials or human resources--including staffing, consultants, release and/or common planning time. Submissions will be...


Champions of Innovation and 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...


Teaching Matters' 2nd Annual Champions of Innovation and Education Celebration

By: Lynette Guastaferro Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 12:41pm

Innovation

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...


Questioning the Effect of Home Computers on Student Achievement

By: Lynette Guastaferro Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 1:16pm

and you thought you had computer problems

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...


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.

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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 May 7th and May 11th, 400 middle school students proved that they are ready and eager to join the discussion as well. These amazing kids worked in groups to...


Middle Schoolers Take Action on Civil Rights

By: admin Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 - 8:28am

Originally posted by Sonny Singh of the Sikh Coalition. Reposted with permission.

Middle Schoolers taking action on (Sikh) civil rights

Last Friday, I was invited by the organization Teaching Matters to participate as an “expert” community activist in their annual Civil Rights Student Summit in downtown Manhattan.  I was looking forward to the opportunity to work with such young students of diverse backgrounds on building effective campaigns for civil rights and social justice, but I had no idea how inspiring the experience would be.

The day began at the City Council Chambers at City Hall, where a few hundred students were welcomed by staff at Teaching Matters and a speech by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who gave the Sikh Coalition a shout out for our organizing...


Advancing Principals' Vision with Innovation Field Trips

By: Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 9:27am

Advancing Principals' Vision of 21st Century Instruction with Innovation Field Trips
By John Clemente and Naomi Cooperman

This past week, the New York City Department of Education announced that it will advance its plan to provide more autonomy to principals. With this exciting change comes the potential downside of principal isolation. In the same way that focusing on student outcomes can sometimes narrow teachers' vision to what is possible in their classrooms, school leaders sharply focused on their own buildings can forget to let good ideas from the outside in. 

There is no doubt that exchanging ideas with peers can inform principals' decision-making. Learning what strategies and models are working and what innovations are on the horizon can be powerful aids in advancing a leader's vision and strategic planning.

School of One

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Is the iPad Coming to Your Classroom?

By: eodonnell Posted: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 10:54am

iPadCall it an iFad if you want, I love my shiny new iPad.  First off, I have to say, the screen is amazing - really high quality, and the on-screen typing is surprisingly good, and relatively easy to deal with.  There are enough technical reviews out there on the device though, so I won't go into the hardware.  Instead I took a quick look at what was possible educationally with the device.

The first problem I have struggled with is how does a K-12 school manage the software (apps) that are on the iPad if everything is reliant on an iTunes account?  So I called Apple and asked.  The response I got, from a very nice Apple expert, was that there isn't anything in place.  The device has to be tied to an iTunes account, which initially has to be tied to a credit card.  Districts can't make large volume purchases with a software package pre-installed.  "It's all about individual customization."  Which I guess makes sense.  Just not for 5th graders.

So assuming they eventually figure this out, what can an iPad do in a K-12 environment?  Being an open-source advocate (cheap-sake), I hate paying for software - even if it is only a .99 app.  So, I took a look at what you can get on an iPad...


Incorporating Innovation into Strategic Planning that Will Enrich Learning

By: admin Posted: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 8:18am

By Lisa Nielsen - cross-posted from "The Innovative Educator"

Forward ThinkingIt takes more than ensuring educators and students have access to technology when schools begin the work of developing a 21st century strategic school plan. As innovative educators, students, leaders, and families, are well aware, technology is just a tool. In and of itself technology does not equate to either innovation or greater effectiveness. In fact poorly used technology generally results in substandard instruction. In some cases this further results in dropping technology-(rather than learner) driven programs and support. This is important to remember when developing a strategic school learning plan. What's most important is learning always come first.

I've heard one too many educational leader, teacher or parent proudly state that they are part of an innovative school as evidenced by the fact that they have laptops or Smartboards in every classroom. That is not impressive. What is...