Teaching Matters to Improve Literacy Outcomes with $8.4 Million Grant

by Editorial Team

NEW YORK, NY, November 9, 2020Teaching Matters, an education nonprofit dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, received a $8,437,995 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve equitable literacy outcomes in New York City. The goal is for all students to leave 8th grade on track for success in high school and beyond. The key focus is ensuring proficiency in literacy, a critical benchmark for ensuring students’ future success.

The five-year grant provides funding to form a Network for School Improvement (NSI), a networked group of schools collaborating towards the common aim of equitable literacy proficiency. Through the work, NSI schools will analyze the root causes of important problems in literacy, craft a working theory of improvement for how to best solve these problems, implement and test culturally responsive literacy strategies, measure progress in culturally responsive and equitable ways, and support teaching and learning in remote, in-person, or blended learning models.

“This initiative provides an exceptional opportunity to uncover and address systemic barriers facing our city’s Black and LatinX students and students experiencing poverty,” said Lynette
Guastaferro, CEO of Teaching Matters. “COVID-19 has greatly magnified disparities and presented new challenges, increasing the demand educators have to collaborate to effectively foster students’ advanced literacy skills in culturally responsive ways. We look forward to implementing a data-based process and making great strides in literacy outcomes.”

Teaching Matters will drive equitable outcomes in literacy through a continuous improvement process with a culturally responsive lens, one that elevates students’ voices, actively engages them in their learning, and builds from their strengths and backgrounds.

About Teaching Matters

Teaching Matters is a national professional learning organization dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, a critical factor in student success. For the last 25 years, Teaching Matters has partnered with public schools to help teachers and school leaders develop the skills they need to teach well, lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement. The education nonprofit strives to close the opportunity gap of a radically unequal education system for underserved children. Teaching Matters has offered year-round, in-depth programming to over 1,500 schools, 35,000 teachers and 600,000 students.