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MyEDmatch: Where teachers and schools hook up

If Match.com can pair a couple destined to be together, could a similar site match teachers with the right school? Asks TakePart.com. According to Munro Richardson and Alicia Herald, the answer is yes. The two reformers are the founders of myEDmatch—a website launching on February 25 that will make it easier for teachers and schools to “meet their match.” How it works is simple: Educators and schools build profiles that include virtual portfolios, sample teaching (or introductory school) videos, and class curricula. Taking this one step further, the teachers and schools are asked about their beliefs around education. This, Richardson thinks, is the glue that will hold the two parties together. There is all this talk about teacher quality and teacher effectiveness, Richardson said in an interview, but there is one important issue that’s missing from the discussion. If a teacher does not fit in with a school’s “mission and culture,” Richardson says, “it will not work out.”

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