Archive for June, 2009

21Cent LearningWe are pleased to invite school leaders to our Annual School Leadership Forum 2009! 

We have a fantastic  group of principals and other school leaders presenting on: 

Realizing the Promise of the 21st Century School: A Roadmap for Innovation

Wednesday, July 15, 2009
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Annual Forum for School Leaders


More information on the program is included below. Please let your school leaders know!


What is a 21st century school?  Technology is radically changing every sector of our society, yet schools remain largely unchanged. Or do they? Hear from a panel of innovative NYC school leaders on the vanguard of rethinking urban education. They will speak about their experiences regarding what is important, the challenges and what’s possible!

• Alisa Berger: Principal, NYC iSchool
• Sarah Scrogin: Principal, East Bronx Academy for the Future
• Gregg Korrol: Principal, PS 101
• Julian Cohen: Director, New School Development

Teaching Matters will also provide a new and simple assessment tool for gauging where your school lies on a continuum of the 21st century school outcomes. It will help you evaluate your school’s readiness and offer a roadmap of ideas for innovation in those areas you deem most critical.

Wine & cheese will be served!

All principals who attend will be eligible to enter a raffle to jump-start a 21st century classroom with:
15 FREE Flip Video Cameras or 5 FREE Netbooks

Let your principal or school leader know today!!

Please RSVP to our Annual Forum for School Leaders by Wednesday July 8th to LMorris@teachingmatters.org or   212.870.3505


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Check out the students at PS 5 in the Port Morris section of the Bronx and their amazing documentary about the history and impact of Nicholas Negroponte’s ground breaking XO pilot project in their school. The video speaks for itself.. I don’t want to give anything away.

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Iran Protests

Iran Protests

So I was thinking about the teaching opportunity presented by the Iran election. What a way to see democracy in action…   Yet, until a few minutes ago, where would my students get their news? Not old media.

I just spent an hour searching facebook (search IRAN) and twitter  #iranelection and couldn’t believe the video and posts I was finding.  For one, I found out I should wear green to show my support for the protestors and then watched a whole bunch of videos of riots and marches.


Yet, hours later, CNN finally got with the story. Tear Gas and Twitter: Iranians Take their Protest Online http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid=92330174188&h=CHHYj&u=KAJNK&ref=nf

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Over 250 students from 25 New York City middle schools performed their own original poetry to an audience of their peers at Teaching Matters’ 3rd Annual Spoken Word Event !

Students performed in breakout rooms and finalists took the stage at the  92nd Street Y (see photos!).

Follow the journey of one of our finalists Aline, thanks to the quick video skills of our high school event volunteers.

Her passionate performance of  “Betrayer” took her through to the final six!  Students and teachers alike gave rave reviews to finalists and to our master guest poet Kahlil Almustafa.

Other finalists performances include:

  • Bronx Early College Academy: Jonathan Goins – “I’ll tell Em”
  • IS281: Kamal Abdelrahman  -“Basketball Is Me”
  • Ryan Middle School: Eden Takhalov -“I am like…”
  • IS129: Aline Dipoumbi -“Betrayer”
  • PS/MS004: Yelena Marmol-“Daughter to Mother”
  • Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship: -Sterling Peguro “Patriot”

Writing Matters introduces 5th through 9th grade teachers to powerful new ways to approach writing instruction using 21st Century technology tools.  Created by Teaching Matters, Writing Matters offers a private, safe, free ezine space for classrooms to publish and share their work.  Check out thousands of classrooms from 40 states publishing online!    .

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