The Teaching Matters NSI

We are a community of middle schools working together to ensure all students are prepared for high school and beyond, through the integration of culturally responsive-sustaining practices and continuous improvement methods.

We Aim to

Increase the number of Black and Latinx students, and students experiencing poverty, who end 8th grade prepared for high school and beyond.

If We...

Focus on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining practices and amplify student voice


Systematic methods for improvement and networked collaboration


Educators will teach and lead in culturally responsive ways that validate and affirm students’ identities

So that...

Students achieve equitable outcomes, leaving middle school on track for success in high school and beyond

Our Schools

Latest News

The Impact of Focusing on Student Identity

Pre-pandemic, student feelings towards classroom belonging, relationships and trust in middle school were hard enough topics to address; now they are critical as our students rebuild their social muscles and re-engage with teachers and classrooms.

Bright Spot Visit: MS108

Watch our interview with Principal William Gladstone as our Network Leader Jacobē Bell asks him about his school’s cultural awareness practices and their special change idea. Building off of their cultural awareness work, the 108 team is now testing a change idea that focuses on literacy skills.

Learning Together With Students As Our Teachers

We invite you to join us on this journey, as we share what we are learning in our NSI. We highlight three key learnings we are taking from the first year of our work, that we hope you can apply to yours.

The Network Team

Teaching Matters coaches and staff

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