Wondering what works, what doesn't, and what sort of does, but only if you do it a certain way (plus occasional basketball references and wedding announcements)
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I'm Mike Goldstein, founder of the Match Charter School in Boston. I worked here from 1998 to 2013, and am now a board member and volunteer advisor.
(My new gig is with Bridge Academies, and I will soon have another blog that covers edu-topics in the developing world).
Match does 3 things.
1. Through good teaching and high-dosage tutoring, we help kids become first-in-family to get a college degree.
2. Our teacher prep program tries to generate jaw-droppingly-good rookie teachers for high-poverty schools. The work began in 2008 as Match Teacher Residency, and is now an independent graduate school of education.
3. We partner with high-poverty district schools, providing high-dosage math tutoring.
On or have been on some advisory boards. Transition teams for the past two MA governors, National Council for Teacher Quality, Lee Academy Pilot School, Harvard's Futures of School Reform, Boston Schoolchildren's Consortium, Blueprint Schools, and some others.