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Lynette Guastaferro, Joel I. Klein, George Stephanopoulos, Elizabeth RohatynGeorge Stephanopoulos, ABC Chief Political Analyst and Anchor of This Week spoke to this issue at Teaching Matters’ 10th Anniversary Celebration. Mr. Stephanopoulos shared his thoughts with 160 public leaders and educators on how the Internet is impacting traditional news media and the implications for 21st century democratic participation. Teaching Matters supports the idea that young people need new skills to interpret the abundant, unmediated messages they receive and that classrooms are the place to begin.

Elizabeth Rohatyn with students from Bronx Academy for the FutureChancellor Joel I. Klein was in attendance and took the opportunity to thank Teaching Matters for their outstanding service to New York City public schools. He also represented Mayor Bloomberg when he presented Elizabeth Rohatyn, Chairman of Teaching Matters’ board, with a proclamation declaring September 20th, 2005 as “Teaching Matters Day.”

The organization has worked for the last ten years in New York City public schools helping to integrate technology into teaching and learning. Election Connection, a Teaching Matters program, was featured at the celebration, showcasing how students took advantage of technology to inform their opinions and the opinions of others on important public issues.

Janet Dewart Bell, Elizabeth Rohatyn and Derrick Bell Teaching Matters has grown dramatically over the last decade. Since 1995 they have expanded from a staff of 10 to a staff of 40, allowing them to prepare and mentor over 8,000 teachers and principals. Teaching Matters has helped launch two high-tech laboratory schools in the Bronx. Currently, the organization is working with the NYC Department of Education to develop curricular programs in Social Studies and Balanced Literacy.

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