Barr Foundation Announces $16.6 Million in New Grants

On September 26th, the Boston-based Barr Foundation announced its third quarter grants for 2016, bringing the year's total giving to $45 million.  In the Foundation's Education portfolio, Match Beyond was awarded a grant of $2.2 million to help the program grow over the next five years as well as to evaluate its methods and results.

Click here for the full blog post on the announcement.

Ahoy! Charter Schools Be Sharing Their Treasure

Alex Hernandez is a Partner at Charter School Growth Fund, and he recently wrote a guest blog post for Eduwonk, a blog written by Andrew J. Rotherham, Co-founder and Partner at Bellwether Education Partners.  In his post, Alex applauds the efforts of Match Education and Edward Brooke Charter Schools to share their knowledge base and best practices via free, online resources.

Read the full blog here.

Boston Charter Aims to Innovate, Extend Reach

In early May, a group of journalists attending the Education Writers Association conference hosted at BU, visited Match High School. Erin Richards of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about her experience in a blog for EWA, in which she highlights Match Education as "a laboratory and demonstration site to tinker with the chemical compounds for closing the achievement gap ."

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Colleges must stop holding student transcripts hostage

Match Beyond was mentioned in a Boston Globe Magazine article that highlights the difficulty students face in requesting their college transcripts in order to transfer schools due to financial hardship. This situation leaves students unable to apply already paid-for credits towards a future degree at another institution. Many Match Beyond students have experienced this issue first-hand and have since completed their degree through College For America at little to no additional cost.

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Teaching the teachers

The Sposato Graduate School of Education was recently featured in the cover story of The Economist magazine, called "Teaching the teachers."  The article highlights alternative schools of education, like Sposato, as a necessary ed reform for improving student outcomes because they provide real-world experience to teacher trainees through hours of practice teaching and high-grade feedback.

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As Teacher Academies Flourish Under ESSA, Massachusetts Could Guide the Way

The 74 Million by Scott McCue and Orin Gutlerner

Co-Directors of The Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education (CSGSE), Scott McCue and Orin Gutlerner wrote an OpEd published by The 74 Million on the need for non-traditional teacher preparation programs and how already-existing programs in Massachusetts, like CSGSE, are leading the way.

Read the full article here.

A principal who puts people first –and sometimes on YouTube

The Hechinger Report by Ray Schleck

In an OpEd for The Hechinger Report, Match Next principal Ray Schleck describes the Match Next model as an innovative and effective means for differentiating curriculum to meet more students' needs.  In one grade at Match Next, there are three master teachers overseeing 30 tutors (all recent-college-grad AmeriCorps members), who work with 100 students. This allows master teachers to focus on three things: train and coach tutors, develop curriculum, and work with students (individually and by leading class discussion).

Read the full article here.

The End of Education Reform

Relinquishment by Neerav Kingsland

Neerav Kingsland, a Senior Education Fellow at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, recently posted on his blog about Match Beyond as an innovator trying to answer two important questions in higher ed reform: 1) how do we increase degree attainment rates for low income students? and 2) how do we make colleges more effective?

You can read the full post here.

New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried

The New York Times by Anemona Hartocollis

In January, NYT writer Anemona Hartocollis visited Match High School to talk with students and staff members about the new SAT. Chief among the test's changes are longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems. The shift is leading some educators and college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading, or who speak a different language at home — like immigrants and the poor.

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Proving Ground

University of Chicago Magazine by Maya Dukmasova

On a sunny Tuesday morning in early June, with the end of the school year already palpable, three girls were hard at work in a Chicago Vocational Center Academy classroom. The Chicago Public Schools high school is a sprawling Art Deco building on the southernmost edge of Avalon Park, on the South Side of Chicago. About 98 percent of its students are African American, and nearly 94 percent come from low-income families.

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Urban Charter Schools Often Succeed. Suburban Ones Often Don’t.

New York Times by Susan Dynarksi

Charter schools are controversial. But are they good for education?

Rigorous research suggests that the answer is yes for an important, underserved group: low-income, nonwhite students in urban areas. These children tend to do better if enrolled in charter schools instead of traditional public schools.

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Match Education’s Sposato Graduate School of Education is One Leading Member of a New National Center to Advance Teacher Preparation

News release

The Sposato Graduate School of Education (SGSE) at Match Education is part of a new national center – called TeacherSquared—that will be dedicated to transforming the way new teachers are prepared to teach U.S. public school students. The center is one of three new centers that received funding through a new initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Click here to read the Education Week article that details the other four grantees to receive funding through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's new $34 million investment to improve teacher-preparation programs' overall effectiveness.

New Profit commits $1 million in support of Match Education

New Profit, a nonprofit venture philanthropy fund working to break down the barriers standing between people and opportunity in America, is investing $1 million over the next four years to support Match Education. The investment in Match will be a part of New Profit’s Reimagine School Systems (RSS) Fund (RSS) Fund, a cross-sector collaboration aimed at significantly and rapidly increasing the number of high performing schools serving low income students by transforming the way school systems work and lifting up successful school models that can scale across the country.

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The Match Foundation Awarded 186 AmeriCorps Positions

The Match Foundation, Inc. was recently awarded 186 AmeriCorps Member positions through the 2015 AmeriCorps State and National Grant Competition.

The AmeriCorps Members will provide high-dosage, small group tutoring to low-income students attending public schools.  They will also foster family engagement through weekly communication with parents and guardians.

For more information, click here.

Match Beyond: No Excuses Meets Disruption in Higher Education

Co-founder and Executive Director of Education for the Clayton Christensen Institute, Michael Horn recently published an article in the Leadership section of Forbes on Match Beyond, our newest innovation aimed at achieving unprecedented college graduation rates and employment outcomes for low-income high school graduates in Boston.

Horn says that the most intriguing thing about Match Beyond compared to other online, competency-based providers is the "no excuses" mindset that our coaches use to push students to succeed.  This is the same "no excuses" mindset that has governed Match's high-performing preK-12 charter schools for the last 15 years.  Horn believes that this mix of individual support, affordability, and flexibility is what sets Match Beyond apart from other disruptive higher education upstarts.

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Bringing a charter-school approach to college

On March 27th, The Boston Globe featured a story on Match's newest innovation called Match Beyond.  As an alternative hybrid college model, Match Beyond aims to significantly increase the college completion rates of low-income students, as well as to help them find middle class employment after obtaining their degree(s).

Match Beyond is partnering with Southern New Hampshire University's College For America, whose competency-based, online platform is much more accessible (and affordable) to these students for whom traditional college was not a good fit.  Of the 47 students who began the program last year, almost all are still enrolled and working with the Match Beyond team to complete their degree(s).  And of those still enrolled, four students already have completed their Associate's degree and moved onto the Bachelor's program.

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Boston Charter School's best practice shows promising results for Black and Latino boys

The New York Times recently ran an article highlighting the great success of Match's tutoring work in Chicago public high schools.  The article's author, David Kirp wrote, "These are staggering results -- I know of no initiative for disadvantaged young men of color that comes close."

Over the last year, Match has provided math tutoring to 1,300 young males in 12 Chicago public high schools as part of a study conducted by the University of Chicago's Urban Education and Crime Lab.  This is the third instance in which Match has implemented a high-dosage tutoring program in a district setting.

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