Teaching the Teachers

The Economist, as only that magazine can, covered the vast world of teacher training and good classroom practice a couple of weeks ago with a cover story titled “How to Make a teacher.” Succinctly put — and anything else would be a mis-step considering the publication in question — the article is topnotch. A few pages of perfect summation...

Advanced Placement Exams: The Achievement Gap in Boston (Part III of III)

In this third and final blog on the AP, I’ll cover the AP exam participation and performance gap in Boston and our ongoing work at Match to close that gap.  I am struck – and have always been struck – by how little debate is devoted to the glaring race- and income-based achievement gaps that characterize the AP in our city. It’s a topic worth talking about.

Advanced Placement Exams: The National Achievement Gap (Part II of III)

In Part II of this series, I will cover the hard truth that most American high school students never take or pass an AP exam, and AP exam participation and performance varies alarmingly by race and income. 

Advanced Placement Exams: The Test Itself (Part I of III)

This is Part I of a three-part blog series about AP exams. This first blog provides an overview of AP exams and explains why we like them. My aim is to give you a concrete view of the test and of the content and skill mastery that it demands of students.

Introducing Big and Small (and other notes on our programming)

Stig Leschly here. I’m the CEO of Match. I have posted on this blog from time to time. This is a short post to let you know about a few changes underway here on the blog.

Julia Child and Match Minis

Guest post by Orin Gutlerner, Director, Sposato Graduate School of Education

Suppose you operate a pretty successful restaurant.

You've figured out a bunch of things.

You know where to buy your produce. You have consistent, tasty recipes.  You know how to hire and train staff. The tables are full with happy customers.

Now what?

One path is to open more restaurants.  Set out to be a chain, like Outback Steakhouse.   We like them: good steaks, consistently delivered.  You can find one in almost every city.  Very nice.

Another path is to stay in your kitchen, keep cooking up new stuff, and write some cookbooks.   Maybe get a gig on the Food Network and, overall, try to make like Julia Child.   Remember Julia?  Quirky lady who more or less taught Americans how to cook like the French from her home kitchen.

At Match, we're pursuing the second path.  The Julia Child path (with the caveat that, in our private lives, we generally prefer an Outback steak to soufflé.  Just saying.)

Day to day, we run a K-12 school for kids, a graduate school of education for novice teachers, and a new college and jobs program for young adults.

This work fits mostly inside the four walls of Boston, our kitchen if you will.

And from our kitchen here in Beantown, we try to share what we learn.

Meet Match Minis, our latest attempt to share.

Match Minis are bite-sized, 3-5 minute animated videos that summarize sound practices and ideas that have surfaced from our work over the years.

Initially, we have cooked up a batch of Minis for use by teachers and school leaders. They cover grainy teacher moves (e.g. how to execute a “turn and talk”) and effective approaches to teacher coaching (e.g. how to set up a professional development session that actually works).

Over time, and assuming more than five people actually use our website, we will crank out a lot of Minis on all manner of topics, including school operations, school culture, policy reform.

For now, please have a look. And send blunt feedback.

Lastly, we want to openly thank the Gates Foundation for helping us make this particular cookbook.