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Tara García Mathewson

Tara García Mathewson is a staff writer. She launched her journalism career with two award-winning pieces co-produced during a three-month stint at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, WA. After graduating with honors from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she joined the staff of the Daily Herald, Illinois’ third largest newspaper, where she covered city government and education in Chicago’s suburbs. There she was on a team that earned a Chicago Headline Club Lisagor Award for a series tied to the 40th anniversary of Title IX. García Mathewson left the daily grind of newspapers to spread her wings as an independent journalist, covering national education issues, immigration policy, Chicago’s Latino business community and more. She received the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Equal Voice Journalism Fellowship in 2014 and the Education Writers Association Reporting Fellowship in 2017. García Mathewson lives in Boston. She grew up in rural Western New York, where she and her sister once waited for the bus for a very long time in more than a foot of snow because it didn’t occur to her family that school might be canceled.

Recent Stories

A new research project aims to figure out why particular ed tech initiatives succeed or fail. Students in a Chicago charter school work on tablets during class.

Don’t ask which ed tech products work, ask why they work

A new research venture aims to help schools find the best educational technologies for their circumstances

Third-graders at Alamosa Elementary School in Albuquerque practice reading with first-graders in Carrie Ramirez’s classroom.

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Districts are paying more attention to “chronic absenteeism” in their efforts to improve student learning

Kelly Pollack works with a student in CICS West Belden, a Chicago charter school that uses multiage classrooms as part of its personalized learning model.

Rethinking grade levels and school design for personalized learning

A Chicago school’s openness to multiage classrooms gives both students and teachers extra choice and support

Following the lessons of learning science in schools isn’t convenient

Making schools more personalized, while creating more work, would better conform to what’s known about the science of learning

Schools in rural Appalachia struggle to provide counseling services to students, and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative has sought to fill the gap with an online resource.

Rural schools find an online resource to fill gaps in mental health services for students

Fewer behavioral problems in class and fewer mental health referrals to outside agencies after using the program

As classrooms becoming increasingly digital, the role of teachers is bound to change.

As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in?

Technology has transformed many things in schools, but the centrality of teachers isn’t one of them

Woodrow Wilson High School students in Camden, N.J., see a rich orange flame in a chemistry lab that digs into atomic structure of elements.

More black and Hispanic science teachers could mean more scientists of color

Alternative training program gets more black, Latino and women teachers into science classrooms

A student at Summit K2, in El Cerrito, California, works on an art project while listening to music. Colorado’s Prairie Heights Middle School joins more than 330 partner schools on the Summit Learning Platform nationwide.

Personalized learning gives students a sense of control over chaotic lives

In a high-poverty Colorado school trying to turn itself around, individualized approach brings wide-ranging benefits.

Modern apprenticeships offer path to career — and college

No longer an either-or proposition: Students plan apprenticeships then college on the way to the workforce.

Internet access in schools: E-rate trends and the end of net neutrality

The federal E-rate program has increased classroom internet access, but net neutrality decision could hamper it

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