Panelists at Teaching Matters' Event, 10/21, Will Address Impact of Poverty on Education

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- What: Teaching Matters' Seventh Annual Champions of Innovation and Education Luncheon, "Effects of Poverty on Education: Our Schools, Our Teachers, Our Students."

CNN's Kelly Wallace will moderate a discussion, with panelists: New York City's Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, who is also being honored as this year's Champion of Education and Innovation; Kamar Samuels, Senior Director for Special Initiatives and Partnerships in the NYCDOE Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships, former NYC principal; and Lynette Guastaferro, Teaching Matters' Executive Director, who for two years led Teaching Matters' NYCDOE network of 27 schools.

Where, When: The Harvard Club, 32 W. 45th St., New York, NY (media entrance), October 21, 12 – 2 p.m.

Who: The audience will include donors and community members; principals and other administrators; teachers and teacher leaders; Teaching Matters staff.

Our honoree, Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, spearheaded New York City's Universal Pre-K initiative, and as former leader of the Children's Aid Society, was instrumental in developing community schools around New York.

Why: Nationally, the percentage of children in public schools from low-income homes is now over 50%. In New York City public schools, about 80% of students are economically disadvantaged. The schools in which Teaching Matters works have even greater numbers of impoverished students. What challenges does this reality present, particularly to teachers, and what are steps that schools and others must take to meet all students' educational needs?

Teaching Matters is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, one of the most critical factors in student success. Our services transform how educators work together at urban public schools, helping the most effective teachers develop the skills they need to lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement. We also partner with school leadership to create a work environment that equips teachers to succeed in the classroom. From nearly 20 years of working in New York City's public schools, we've developed an understanding of realistic and lasting ways to improve student outcomes, and we're committed to real, measurable results. Visit to learn more about how we're making a difference for students and teachers at public schools.

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Source: Teaching Matters