Starting a Debate Team Helped Unlock My Students’ Potential and It Can Do the Same For Yours

Andrew Jarboe, the AP US History teacher at Match High School, authored a guest blog for Education Post in which he describes how and why he started a British Parliamentary Debate League for Boston public charter high schools. He notes, “The skills kids learn from debate—public speaking, critical thinking, forming logical arguments, creativity, confidence—are important, if not necessary, for every facet of their lives.”

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Match Education Awarded National AmeriCorps Grant

The Match Foundation, Inc., part of Match Education, has been awarded a competitive AmeriCorps grant for the fifth consecutive year by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service. During the 2019-2020 school year, Match Education will oversee 45 AmeriCorps members who will serve full-time in Match Charter Public School in Boston and in Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys in Baltimore. In the last four years that Match Education has partnered with CNCS, AmeriCorps members have tutored over 2,700 economically disadvantaged students in Boston, New Orleans, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Baltimore.

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Can good curriculum transcend the charter-district divide?

Today Claire Kaplan, the Executive Director of Match Export, published a guest post on The Charter Blog from the National Alliance for Charter Public Schools. In the post, Claire discusses the early success of Match Fishtank, our open-source curriculum website which has been widely accessed by nearly 500k educators across the country from both charter and district schools. She also notes that “by investing in sharing our curriculum we are working to fulfill one of the original goals of the charter school movement—to create schools that serve as laboratories of innovation to help identify and spread best practices across the larger education system.”

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Forsyth Kids offers preventative dental care in schools

On February 14th, Boston’s WCVB 5 News team visited Match Community Day to see the amazing work of the ForsythKids program that “works with schools and community partners to make certain it is easy for children and their families to get high quality dental care.” The story was featured in WCVB’s 5 for Good Series on February 28th during the evening news segment.

Click here to watch the video on Channel 5’s site, and click here to read the scripted version on Match’s site.

Match High School juniors visit and learn from Bates College debate team

In mid January, a group of Match High School juniors traveled to Maine to visit and learn from the internationally ranked Bates debate team, the Brooks Quimby Debate Council. The day started off with workshops and partner practice, and then students got to test their new skills in two rounds of British Parliamentary Style debate. All of the students who participated hope that this trip will mark the start of a robust debate program at Match High School.

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Mass. Charter Schools Test New Ways To Reduce High Teacher Turnover

About 1 in 8 public school teachers leave their jobs in Massachusetts every year. Among charter schools, that number is even higher. WBUR recently did a story on the innovation ways Massachusetts charter schools are trying to retain their teachers in response to teacher feedback. Match Charter Public School was featured.

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She moved to Boston knowing no English, but ended up a valedictorian

The Match High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Saïsa Nicolas, is featured in The Boston Globe today.  She is truly an amazing young woman who has overcome many obstacles to achieve success both in and out of the classroom.  Her teachers praise her for her intelligence and her compassion, and we're excited to see what she does next when she attends Wesleyan University this fall!

Read the full story here.

High school seniors reveal choices in joyous ‘signing day’ ceremony

In the fourth and final installment of Liz Willen's series for The Hechinger Report, she reports on the final college decisions of the six Match High School seniors who she's been following since the fall.

On June 2nd, Liz attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year before an auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

Click here to read the article.

Click here to listen to Liz Willen's podcast interview with Educate, a partner to The Hechinger Report on "What happens when students get into college—but can’t afford to attend?"

At Boston Charter School, College Decision Ceremony Mirrors NCAA’s National Signing Day

As a follow up to his May 3rd article, Kirk Carapezza from WGBH attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year.  The announcements were made before a packed auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

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Click here for audio of the event and interviews with staff members and students.

A New Path to a College Degree

Match Beyond is featured on the cover of Education Next, highlighting the programs origins as well as other similar programs popping up around the country.  Author Jon Marcus writes, "In all its variations, the new approach is poised to become a disruptive force in higher education for low-income racial and ethnic minorities...colleges and universities will have to start adapting to the needs of a dramatically different student population."

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