Match Education Unlocks Curriculum for Use by Educators Anywhere
Match Fishtank creates open-sourced materials for use in classrooms
For Immediate Release
cloe.axelson AT matcheducation.org
Boston – Match Education launched a new digital resource that gives educators anywhere access to curriculum used at Match Charter Public School in Boston. This custom-designed platform, called Match Fishtank, invites users to “peak into our fish tank, the rich environment of curriculum and course materials we use every day.” Over time, Match intends to make its entire K12 math and ELA curriculum available on the website at www.matchfishtank.org.
“We think these course materials will be useful to teachers everywhere,” said Claire Kaplan the CEO of Match Export, the division of Match Education responsible for Match Fishtank. “They can use and adapt a full course, individual units or a series of lessons. The materials strive to provide enough structure and guidance for teachers on what to teach, without curtailing teacher autonomy and creativity.”
Currently, Match Fishtank offers users three year-long courses that are aligned to Common Core standards: 7th grade English Language Arts, 7th grade math and 9th grade English Language Arts. Each course includes unit plans (4-6 weeks of instruction per unit), skeletal lesson plans and assessments. A team of experienced educators who work on the organization’s K12 curriculum team created all Fishtank materials.
Match Fishtank is a custom-built site designed for usability and accessibility by educators. The site is designed for web (or mobile) use, but still makes it easy for users to print out hard copies. Unlike other curriculum sites that only allow users to download large PDFs of units, teachers can navigate through courses and see how they are structured, what skills are covered and what scope and sequence is followed. The curriculum also provides links to external resources. For example, math lessons link to math problems provided by EngageNY or IllustrativeMathematics and offer guidance on when to use these specific problems and how to teach them.
“Match Education has made sharing our knowledge a strategic priority,” said Stig Leschly the CEO of Match Education. “We recognize Match will never be large in terms of the number of students and teachers we reach directly in our programs, so we seek to scale our impact by sharing what we’ve learned with educators, education advocates and policymakers through a variety of innovative knowledge products.”
Match Fishtank is the second free digital product Match has released in the last six months. In May, the organization rolled out Match Minis (www.matchminis.org) short, animated web-videos that share best practices in instruction, classroom management and coaching teachers. In the coming year Match Fishtank will add 5-10 additional courses at other grade levels.
ABOUT MATCH EDUCATION: Match Education is an engine of discovery and applied innovation in education that works to address some of the most intractable challenges in education. It operates Match Charter Public School, a high-performing urban K-12 public charter school in Boston; the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education, which trains rookie teachers to work in high-need schools; and Match Beyond, a college and jobs program that seeks unprecedented degree completion rates and employment outcomes. Out of this applied work, Match Education refines, validates empirically, and disseminates new ideas and practices on core questions in education. Learn more at www.matcheducation.org.
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