SOURCE: Teaching Matters, Inc.

Teaching Matters, Inc.

October 17, 2014 16:00 ET

Teaching Matters Publishes Multimedia "Class Divide: Poverty, Segregation, and Teacher Quality"

Youth and Adults Speak Out

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - October 17, 2014) - In the second issue of its new multimedia online magazine, Points of Practice, Teaching Matters delves into the problem of inequitably distributed teaching excellence with "Class Divide: Poverty, Segregation, and Teacher Quality."

Using text, illustrations, and video, this Points of Practice features policy experts and those on the front lines -- students and adults working in schools -- who address what effective teaching is, and how to make sure students from all strata, in urban and suburban settings alike, have parity.

The magazine highlights prominent studies and reports that have documented very unequal educational opportunities depending on demographics. Racial and economic segregation characterize public schools. No state's school system is more racially segregated than New York's, where Teaching Matters is based and has provided professional development services for 20 years.

In this issue, we propose and elaborate upon five ways to help spread teacher excellence more fairly:

  1. Recruit and educate new teachers more effectively
  1. Support teachers with what they need to grow
  1. Increase incentives and paths to success
  1. Empower Principals and their teams
  1. Create the right community conditions

Some of our interviewees include:

  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, New York University professor of education and head of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools, who is captured in a framing narrative video interview;
  • Richard Rothstein, Senior Researcher at the Economic Policy Institute;
  • Dr. Marguerite Roza, head of the Edunomics Lab at Georgetown University;
  • Daria Hall, Director of K-12 Education Policy at the Education Trust;
  • Landa McLaurin, formerly a principal, coach for New Leaders for New Schools, and official with the Baltimore City Public School System, now heading the first year principals' institute at New Leaders for New Schools in Baltimore and teaching education students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County;
  • Bisola Neil, a former teacher and current adjunct faculty at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY, who talks about what teachers need;
  • Faculty members and students from Medgar Evers College Preparatory High School, who describe great teaching, and what contributes to a well-functioning school.

Our publication is available online at and as a downloadable PDF.

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.

Contact Information

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    Sharon Rubinstein
    212 870-3505 ext. 8
    cell 703-901-7947