Starting a Debate Team Helped Unlock My Students’ Potential and It Can Do the Same For Yours

Andrew Jarboe, the AP US History teacher at Match High School, authored a guest blog for Education Post in which he describes how and why he started a British Parliamentary Debate League for Boston public charter high schools. He notes, “The skills kids learn from debate—public speaking, critical thinking, forming logical arguments, creativity, confidence—are important, if not necessary, for every facet of their lives.”

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Match Education Awarded National AmeriCorps Grant

The Match Foundation, Inc., part of Match Education, has been awarded a competitive AmeriCorps grant for the fifth consecutive year by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service. During the 2019-2020 school year, Match Education will oversee 45 AmeriCorps members who will serve full-time in Match Charter Public School in Boston and in Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys in Baltimore. In the last four years that Match Education has partnered with CNCS, AmeriCorps members have tutored over 2,700 economically disadvantaged students in Boston, New Orleans, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Baltimore.

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DESE’s Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Match Charter Public School

From May 6-7, 2019 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Match Charter Public School. The Office of PSM visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations.

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Forsyth Kids offers preventative dental care in schools

On February 14th, Boston’s WCVB 5 News team visited Match Community Day to see the amazing work of the ForsythKids program that “works with schools and community partners to make certain it is easy for children and their families to get high quality dental care.” The story was featured in WCVB’s 5 for Good Series on February 28th during the evening news segment.

Click here to watch the video on Channel 5’s site, and click here to read the scripted version on Match’s site.

Match High School juniors visit and learn from Bates College debate team

In mid January, a group of Match High School juniors traveled to Maine to visit and learn from the internationally ranked Bates debate team, the Brooks Quimby Debate Council. The day started off with workshops and partner practice, and then students got to test their new skills in two rounds of British Parliamentary Style debate. All of the students who participated hope that this trip will mark the start of a robust debate program at Match High School.

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Mass. Charter Schools Test New Ways To Reduce High Teacher Turnover

About 1 in 8 public school teachers leave their jobs in Massachusetts every year. Among charter schools, that number is even higher. WBUR recently did a story on the innovation ways Massachusetts charter schools are trying to retain their teachers in response to teacher feedback. Match Charter Public School was featured.

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She moved to Boston knowing no English, but ended up a valedictorian

The Match High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Saïsa Nicolas, is featured in The Boston Globe today.  She is truly an amazing young woman who has overcome many obstacles to achieve success both in and out of the classroom.  Her teachers praise her for her intelligence and her compassion, and we're excited to see what she does next when she attends Wesleyan University this fall!

Read the full story here.

High school seniors reveal choices in joyous ‘signing day’ ceremony

In the fourth and final installment of Liz Willen's series for The Hechinger Report, she reports on the final college decisions of the six Match High School seniors who she's been following since the fall.

On June 2nd, Liz attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year before an auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

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Click here to listen to Liz Willen's podcast interview with Educate, a partner to The Hechinger Report on "What happens when students get into college—but can’t afford to attend?"

At Boston Charter School, College Decision Ceremony Mirrors NCAA’s National Signing Day

As a follow up to his May 3rd article, Kirk Carapezza from WGBH attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year.  The announcements were made before a packed auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

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Click here for audio of the event and interviews with staff members and students.

A principal who puts people first –and sometimes on YouTube

The Hechinger Report by Ray Schleck

In an OpEd for The Hechinger Report, Match Next principal Ray Schleck describes the Match Next model as an innovative and effective means for differentiating curriculum to meet more students' needs.  In one grade at Match Next, there are three master teachers overseeing 30 tutors (all recent-college-grad AmeriCorps members), who work with 100 students. This allows master teachers to focus on three things: train and coach tutors, develop curriculum, and work with students (individually and by leading class discussion).

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New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried

The New York Times by Anemona Hartocollis

In January, NYT writer Anemona Hartocollis visited Match High School to talk with students and staff members about the new SAT. Chief among the test's changes are longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems. The shift is leading some educators and college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading, or who speak a different language at home — like immigrants and the poor.

Read the full article here.