SOURCE: Teaching Matters, Inc.

Teaching Matters, Inc.

July 16, 2014 17:37 ET

Teaching Matters to Award Cash Prize on 7-24 to Principal and School Fostering Teacher Effectiveness

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - July 16, 2014) -

What: At its 4th annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters award luncheon, Teaching Matters, Inc. will celebrate a metro area principal for furthering teacher effectiveness. The winner, chosen from five finalists, will receive $25,000 to advance the important work already launched. The finalists were drawn from a pool of 150 nominees within a 100-mile radius of the New York metropolitan area, and include (in alphabetical order):

Ailene Altman Mitchell, Park Slope Education Complex/JHS 88, Brooklyn, NY - A "blended" and "flipped" learning pilot in math and science (integrating in-class and online elements) resulted in improved student achievement and engagement; now the pilot is being expanded across all content and grades.

Jodie Cohen, James Madison High School, Brooklyn, NY - Instructionally focused teacher teams collaborated across disciplines, sparked a model classroom initiative, and created a professional development calendar and dropbox for sharing resources. There are plans to expand professional development activities, teacher release time, and technology use for effective communication.

Deirdre De'Angelis, New Dorp High School, Staten Island, NY - The school has grouped itself into eight Small Learning Communities, each with a specific career area, and there is both intensive professional development in writing for teachers, and an academic focus on student writing based on analysis of data. 

Alicia Perez-Katz, Baruch College Campus High School, Manhattan, NY - The advisory program deepens teacher-student connections not only while at the school, but even after graduation. It entails learning and collaboration among teachers, students, and families. 

Christopher Zagacki, Freire Charter School, Philadelphia, PA - The school's teacher mentoring program, based on the "Shanghai Method," pairs master teachers with first-year colleagues for one period daily. The pair isolates a skill to improve and works on it until mastery is reached. 

When: July 24, 2014, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Where: The Harvard Club of New York City, 35 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

Who: Anna Commitante, Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development for the New York City Department of Education; former Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize recipients; metro area principals; network, school and district administrators and selection committee members.

Why: Teaching Matters is dedicated to fostering teacher effectiveness. We believe in the transformative power of leadership deeply focused on teaching and learning. Therefore, we use the Rohatyn Prize to both expand awareness of effective practices at schools, and to support initiatives that can make a difference in teacher and student success.

Teaching Matters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, one of the most critical factors in student success. Our services transform how educators work together at urban public schools, helping the most effective teachers develop the skills they need to lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement. We also partner with school leadership to create a work environment that equips teachers to succeed in the classroom. From nearly 20 years of working in New York City's public schools, we've developed an understanding of realistic and lasting ways to improve student outcomes, and we're committed to real, measurable results. Visit to learn more about how we're making a difference for students and teachers at public schools.

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