Dr. Matthew Lynch

Dr. Matthew Lynch
Location
Langston, Oklahoma, USA
Birthday
December 31
Title
Professor
Company
Langston University
Bio
As a professor of education, I am, first and foremost, committed to developing outstanding K-12 teachers. That’s because I believe that highly qualified and passionate educators are the best instruments to improve education in K-12 settings. I am the Chairman of the Department of Elementary/Special Education and an Associate Professor of Education at Langston University, and I spent seven years as a K-12 teacher – an experience that gave me an intimate view of the challenges facing genuine education reform. Before assuming my position at Langston, I spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Secondary and Social Studies Programs at Widener University. With that experience behind me, I’ve focused the second stage of my career on researching topics related to education reform, the achievement gap, and teacher education. What I’ve found is that improving teacher education is an essential component in closing the achievement gap. My articles and op eds appear regularly in the Huffington Post, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Education Week, and Education World. I’ve also written numerous peer- reviewed articles, which have appeared in academic journals such as AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, International Journal of Progressive Education, Academic Leadership Journal, and others. In addition, I’ve authored and edited a number of books on school reform and school leadership. Please visit my website at www.drmattlynch.com for more information.

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It's been a rough year for public schools on the chopping block for closings.

In May, the Chicago Board of Education decided to close 50 public schools, a move that the decision makers originally claimed would save the district $560 million in capital expenses over the next decade. Proponents…

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AUGUST 12, 2013 5:12AM

Breaking the School-to-Prison Cycle

Though all people are genetically predisposed, it is ultimately the environment that encompasses the formative years that shapes lives. Some of that comes from home environments, and the rest from society. Our nation's public schools play an integral role in fostering talents, but also in building ou…

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AUGUST 5, 2013 10:37PM

3 Myths that Make People Hate Obama

Since he first assumed the role of the Presidency in 2009, Barack Obama has had his fair share of dissenters. Some of the criticism is a matter of opinion. (He's too young. He's too inexperienced). Some is so far off base that it is outlandish. (He is a Muslim masquerading as…

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Since he first assumed the role of the Presidency in 2009, Barack Obama has had his fair share of dissenters. Some of the criticism is a matter of opinion. (He's too young. He's too inexperienced). Some is so far off base that it is outlandish. (He is a Muslim masquerading as…

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It's already six months into President Obama's second term and it's been a busy one for the Commander in Chief. Tragedies, natural disasters, scandals and stagnate initiatives have all captured the attention of the country and kept the President on his toes. Here is a look at how he has performed…

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College attendance has become less of a privilege and more of a necessity in the contemporary workforce. This cultural shift is a reflection of President Obama's goal of having the largest percentage of college graduates out of all the countries in the world by 2020. With this push has come an…

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On a sleepless night in November 2012, I came up with the idea of an interview series entitled "Diverse Conversations," as a mechanism for discussing pressing issues in higher education with scholars, professors, and administrators who are at the cutting edge of their fields. Developing the concept w…

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Having been reelected for a second term, President Obama has been vocal about focusing more on the area of education. Being the foundation of a prosperous economy and a bright future, the president believes that the education sector deserves the utmost attention. Although many of the items on his edu…

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Another election is over and the results demonstrate a changing society that is looking through hopeful eyes at the future of our country. Despite the efforts of Romney's camp and those that think as he does, President Obama is the chosen one for another term. With the election behind him, Obama…

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Though the recent Mississippi Senate passage of legislation to establish charter schools may appear a victory to proponents, we have been here before. Last year similar legislation passed the Senate and died in the House Education Committee, dashing any hopes of a potential boost in K-12 educational…

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Question: I am a novice elementary school teacher who needs help with her behavior management skills. What can I do to create and implement an effective behavior management system into my classroom this fall? Rachel A.

Answer: Hi Rachel, nice to meet you and thank you for the question. No…

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JANUARY 12, 2013 5:12AM

Save Our Sons: A Call to Action

Education is the cornerstone of success. Those who are educated have more opportunity, tend to make better choices, and will go on to teach their children to do likewise. Those who are educated tend to give back to their community more than they take from it. With that being said, what…

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The face of higher education is rapidly evolving as more middle- to low-class young people find ways to obtain a college degree or technical training. The Hispanic population in the U.S. is no exception as the number of college applicants and enrollees increase every year. While these strides benefit…

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Question: I am considering taking an accounting job with a district that has year round schools. Since I am unfamiliar with the concept, I would like to know what the benefits and drawbacks are. Me and my husband have three school aged children, and we want to do what's best for…

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In her rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michelle Obama explained the reasons that the American people should reelect her husband to office. She made references to his concern for average Americans, his appreciation for hard work and the struggles they faced repaying st…

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The concept of basic education is taken for granted across much of the civilized world today -- but there are still corners of the world where the simple ability to read and write are reserved only for an elite few. Most recently, young girls and women in such countries as Pakistan…

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Question: I am a recent college graduate and I am gearing up for my first year of teaching. I was well trained by my professors, but the thing that scares me the most is being evaluated, mainly because so much depends on the personality of the evaluator. Can you shed some… Read full post »
Question: I am a third grade teacher who works in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, Penn. Based on several signs and a gut feeling, I suspect that one of my outgoing students is being abused. I plan to report my suspicions through the proper channels, but my question is: can I…

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OCTOBER 16, 2012 11:10AM

How Will the Results of the Election Impact College Students?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 41 percent of those ages 18-24 are enrolled in college. It stands to reason that as a nation we should be happy about that. After all, the benefits of getting a college education are well documented. But it looks like those numbers could falter a…

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OCTOBER 12, 2012 12:35PM

Ask Dr. Lynch: Teaching Students About Genocide

Question: How should the topic of 'genocide' be taught in schools?

Answer: Before I respond, I would like to thank you for your question. Nowadays, we are seeing the topic of genocide being covered even in the elementary grades and there is no consensus on when it should be introduced…

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OCTOBER 2, 2012 1:18PM

Ask Dr. Lynch: Dealing With a Parent's Death

Question: When a student's parent dies, it impacts the whole school community. How do you recommend schools handle the death with respect to the student whose parent has died, the teachers and students who are impacted and the community at large? -- S. C.

Answer: Thank you for submitting your…

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It's difficult to believe in this day and age that we still have some schools around the nation that are using corporal punishment as a form of discipline. While it may be seen as a controversial subject to some, the fact remains that you are going to bringing some problems your…

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When you hear the term "welfare" or "welfare reform" what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you conjure up images of people who are getting checks or food assistance each month. You may think of the many children who get assistance, or the millions of working families that…

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It's no secret I support President Barack Obama. I voted for him in the previous election and I will vote for him come November. As a liberal, I share his political views and I continue to be wowed by his forward thinking initiatives and policies. As an American, I am proud…

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As today's school leaders seek to acquire the skills and knowledge that are necessary for effectiveness in current educational institutions, they should know that there are no simple answers or shortcuts to achieving leadership excellence. The most important task is to find the right combination of q…

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