Teaching Matters launches group that uses innovative digital assessment and tracking for best instruction and learning gains

Contact: Sharon Rubinstein, srubinstein@teachingmatters.org212-870-3505 ext. 8703-901-7947

Teaching Matters launches group that uses innovative digital assessment and tracking for best instruction and learning gains

What: Launch of the “Assessment Matters Community,”a group of 14 schools that Teaching Matters is collaborating with to implement a digital tracking system that drives formative assessment practices. With this classroom-centered system, students and teachers quickly see the results of instruction, and modify their approach to get the biggest learning gains. The event will include an overview of the structure and strategy of the Assessment Matters Community as well as time for schools to plan for successful implementation.

When:Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 4:00 - 7:00 PM (This event follows Day 1 of our Leading Teacher Teams workshop.)

Where:  Union Theological Seminary at Riverside Church3041 Broadway, New York, NY

Who:  Principals and other administrators; teachers and teacher leaders; Teaching Matters staff.

Our featured speaker, Anya Kamenetz, is the lead digital education reporter for NPR and the author of several books about the future of education. Her most recent, The Test, documents the failure of testing in our schools and posits more constructive paths forward. The Test addresses the fundamental question: How do we preserve space for self-directed learning and development, especially when we still want all children to hit the mark?

Anya was named a 2010 Game Changer in Education by the Huffington Post and received 2009 and 2010 National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association.

Why: The Assessment Matters community represents a unique opportunity for schools across New York City to collaborate on solving one of the most vexing problems in teaching: engaging teachers and students in meaningful assessment of student learning.

How did assessment become a dirty word? And how can we redeem it?


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 www.teachingmatters.org to learn more about how we’re making a difference for students and teachers at public schools.

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