Note: This post originally appeared on GerardDawson.org.
Named one of the Most Innovative Companies in America by Fast Company in 2016, Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform with over 100 employees and 14 million users. Backed by Kleiner Perkins and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Newsela has been featured on CNN.com, NBC News, Business Insider, The Washington Post and Fortune among others. In recent years the company’s growth under the leadership of Matthew Gross has made it a preeminent edtech company.
Matthew has a nineteen-year career in the education sector, for profit and non-profit entrepreneurship, and product development and distribution. Matthew was the Executive Director of the Regents Research Fund, a privately funded affiliate of the New York State Board of Regents and Education Department that helped lead the implementation of Race to the Top-driven education reforms. Matthew also played a leadership role in the development of the Regents Research Fellows, a team of nationally recognized thought leaders who help lead the implementation of the Common Core, next-generation assessments, and other education reforms by Race to the Top.
Matthew began his career as a Teach for America corps member, teaching music at C.S. 50 in the South Bronx. He serves on the School Leadership Team of P.S. 101 in Queens, which his three boys attend. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University.
Matt showed a sincere dedication to improving education during this conversation, and he shares stories and observations that both educators and EdTech industry folks will find fascinating.
- How poetry taught Matt he shouldn’t skip his college classes.
- “I really don’t think about technology at all.” Matt explains this surprising statement.
- Why Matt and Newsela reject “sit and get” EdTech.
- Expectations Matt has for Newsela and his peers in EdTech.
- The #1 pain point Matt hears from school and district administrators (and how he addresses it).
- The amazing transformation Matt has noticed in schools since 2012.
- “Good news” results from Newsela’s surveys of teachers and principals.
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