Teaching Matters Recognizes Principal Promoting Teacher Effectiveness at July 23rd Event; Cash Award Given

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Contacts: Sharon Rubinstein, srubinstein@teachingmatters.org, 212-870-3505 ext. 8, 703-901-7947; Kate DiLello, kdilello@teachingmatters.org, 212-870-3501


What: At its 5th annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for Schools Where Teaching Matters award luncheon, Teaching Matters, Inc. will celebrate a metropolitan area principal for furthering teacher effectiveness. The winner, who will be announced at the event, receives $25,000 to advance important work already launched.

The original pool of nominees came from within a 100-mile radius of the New York metropolitan area, and included entrants from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. The nominations were initially narrowed to eight semifinalists by a team of judges, and the eight were winnowed to four finalists by public voting.  Those finalists are from Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Philadelphia. They are:

  • Ms. Maria Herrera – Renaissance H.S. for Musical Theater & Technology/X293

  • Dr. Terri Ruyter – Battery Park City School/M276

  • Ms. Regina Tottenham –Brooklyn Transition Center, K373

  • Mr. Christopher Zagacki –  Freire Charter Middle School, Philadephia

Video clips of the finalists’ work in their schools will be shown. Philip Weinberg, head of instruction for New York City schools, will provide the luncheon’s keynote address.  

When: July 23, 2014, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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

Who: Philip Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the New York City Department of Education; former Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize recipients and current finalists; metro area educators; selection committee members and Teaching Matters’ staff.

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


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