Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 15, 2013
Match Education, which operates three high-performing public charter schools and the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education in Boston, announced today that 100 percent of their teacher residents have accepted jobs at some of the top charter schools in the country, for the fifth consecutive year. Ninety percent of the teachers Match has trained are still teaching in the classroom.
“Our goal at Match is to produce the best rookie teachers in the country,” said Stig Leschly, CEO of Match Education. “We strive to attract people to our practice-based program who will fall in love with teaching and continuously pursue excellence throughout their teaching career.”
As part of the two-year Match Teacher Residency (MTR) program, Match Teacher Residents spend the first year in Boston tutoring, student-teaching and receiving coaching as part of a hands-on experience that is combined with coursework and culminates with Match Teacher Residents receiving their teaching license. During the second year, Match Teacher Residents become full-time teachers in schools across the country. In addition to demonstrating their effectiveness as a teacher, Match Teacher Residents must complete rigorous online coursework and academic assessments in order to earn their Master’s Degree in Effective Teaching.
“Unlike most traditional teacher training programs, Match’s model requires that teachers must also prove that they are effective full-time teachers -- based on their students’ achievement -- to receive their degree,” said Scott McCue, COO of the MTR program. “Not only are our teachers prepared with hands-on experience within a high-performing school, but they are accustomed to receiving honest and critical feedback, so principals know that they’ll be extremely coachable once hired.”
Match graduates are highly sought after by principals from high-performing programs such as KIPP, Uncommon Schools, Unlocking Potential (UP), and Summit Public Schools. Most Match teacher residents receive multiple job offers. Scott Given, CEO of Unlocking Potential (UP) schools and Harvard Business School alum, hired six Match teacher residents in 2013, three in 2012 and three in 2011.
"When we have teacher resumes from the grad schools at Harvard, Stanford and Match, we move fastest to consider the Match candidate,” said Scott Given. “It's not even a close call. Their teachers are the best from any graduate school of education in America."
Match also guarantees the quality of the teachers it trains to the principals who hire their graduates, as well as guarantees jobs to the teacher residents in the program. Match Teacher Residents in 2012 will pay just $4,000 in tuition, and only after they’re employed. Hiring schools pay Match a finder's fee of $6,000 for the ability to hire a Match-trained teacher, which keeps the tuition low so that teachers will not incur debt while earning their degree.
Match’s Graduate School of Education was recently featured in the Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Bulletin. CEO Stig Leschly is an HBS alum and former HBS lecturer on Entrepreneurship in Education Reform. Leschly is a successful entrepreneur who created Exchange.com, which was acquired by Amazon.com in 1999.
Match has become widely recognized for its tutoring model and its approach to teacher training, both of which are based upon applied social science research and have produced opportunities for Match to share its practices with public schools across the country. Match has partnered with the Houston Independent School District, the Lawrence Public School District and Chicago Public Schools to implement the Match Tutoring model, and with schools across New Orleans to implement its teacher training and coaching model.
About Match Education
Match Education is an engine of innovation in public education. Match operates high-performing urban public charter schools for low-income and minority children and a unique graduate school of education that trains teachers for urban settings. Out of its applied work in schools and teacher training, Match originates, proves and shares solutions to core problems in education reform. Match seeks to contribute to national education reform, not by expanding the size of its school network and teacher training program, but by being a source of proven new ideas and practices that can be adopted by school systems, policy makers and other stakeholders. To date, Match has partnered with the Houston Independent School District, the Lawrence Public School District (MA) and Chicago Public Schools to implement the Match Tutoring model into a traditional public school setting.