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Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.
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I am an award winning writer, activist, and Dean of the School of Education, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies, and an Associate Professor of Education at Virginia Union University. 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.

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 for more information. If you would like to invite me to speak at an upcoming event, please email me at

Entries by Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

How Elementary Teachers Discourage Girls in Math and Science

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 3:20 PM

A new study highlights the influence of teachers' subconscious biases on girls' tendency not to pursue math and science courses, relating this directly to the underrepresentation of women in math and science jobs.

The Israeli-based study shines a light on the importance of encouragement and early educational experiences and their...

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Worldwide, Girls Are Doing Better Than Boys Academically

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 7:47 AM

Girls are outperforming boys academically in many countries, according to a report from Dr. Gijsbert Stoet of the University of Glasgow in Scotland and David C. Geary of the University of Missouri. They found that in 2009, high school girls performed considerably better on an international standardized test in 52...

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Teens Fight for Better Global Education Opportunities

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 8:53 AM

Across the globe, 15-year-olds came together recently to stand up for an issue that impacts the education of kids around the world: poverty. As I've discussed here before, students with underlying issues like poverty, hunger or neglect are often unable to function at a necessary level in K-12 classrooms. All...

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Does School Choice Help or Hurt Students?

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 7:46 AM

Last week over 10,000 schools and organizations across the country celebrated National School Choice Week with yellow scarves, marches on state capitols and a variety of independently planned events in all 50 states.

In some instances, these gatherings were met with resistance from teachers' unions, who accuse the organizers of...

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Maryland Graduation Rate Hits Record High

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:59 AM

More than 86 percent of students in Maryland are earning diplomas within four years, a record-high graduation rate for the state, according to data released Tuesday.

Maryland state officials celebrated the achievement, noting that the rate has risen more than four percentage points since 2010. At that time, fewer than...

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University of Southern Mississippi to Offer Study Abroad Program in Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 8:28 AM

The University of Southern Mississippi is now offering a study abroad program option that will send students to study in Cuba this summer. The description for the program on the university's website calls Cuba "one of the most fascinating countries in the world" and asserts that it offers a perspective...

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DC Plans to Invest $20 Million in Minority Male Students

(27) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 8:20 AM

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan to invest $20 million to support programs for Washington, D.C.'s men of color. This includes opening an all-boys college preparatory high school in 2017 under the "Empowering Males of Color" initiative.

The funding for the support programs will come from private and...

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CFES Looking to Help 5 Low-Income Schools

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 7:48 PM

A national nonprofit, College For Every Student (CFES), ­­is searching for five schools to participate in a high-impact program that will help low-income students become college and career ready. The five schools will receive Closing the Gap awards through support from private donors.

"Over the last 30 years, the gap...

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Are Community Colleges the Answer?

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 1:02 PM

President Obama's State of the Union address this week laid out proposals to revamp the tax code by raising taxes and fees on the wealthiest Americans and largest financial institutes. The additional money from these taxes would be used to pay for free tuition for two years of community college.

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More Than Half of U.S. Public School Students Live in Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 9:48 AM

According to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, the majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families despite the improving economy.

The Southern Education Foundation reports that for the first time in at least 50 years, 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade...

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What Would MLK Say About Education in Mississippi?

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 7:36 AM

Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that equality would be reached in America, and really throughout the entire world. His famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, still inspires the newest generation to aspire to a better country and world. Of course, the ideals in...

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Why the U.S. College Landscape Still Needs HBCUs

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 2:59 PM

It's no secret that Black and other non-white students in the U.S. have always faced an uphill struggle when it comes to education. Even today, the achievement gap between white students and their peers of color is wide.

What are now called Historically Black Colleges and Universities were at one...

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7 Ways Michelle Obama Positively Influenced Education in 2014

(4) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:08 AM

President Obama was not the only member of his household that fought to improve the P-20 education system in 2014. Michelle Obama carried out an impressive education agenda that rivaled her husband's in many respects. It seems that the two are a tag team for the ages, and P-20 education...

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3 Big Wins for Special Education in 2014

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 9:44 AM

The way that K-12 learners are taught is in rapid flux, particularly when it comes to students in special education programs. These are the students that need the most help and support and the ones where a push for higher parental involvement does not always bridge the academic gap. These...

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6 Things That Barack Obama Did for P-20 Education in 2014

(2) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 11:30 AM

When Barack Obama assumed the presidency, a nasty set of problems confronted him in P-20 education. High student loan debt, lack of affordable early childhood education options and everything in between were put in the President's lap and have been the very issues he has addressed in both terms.


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6 Biggest Wins for Education in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 10:23 AM

2014 was a good year for P-20 education and we experienced some great wins and made huge strides. Let's look back at just a few of these accomplishments:

1. Educational opportunity rises 80 percent since 1970. According to the Historical Report of Opportunity, educational opportunity has escalated by 80 percent...

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How the "Billionaire Boys Club" Shaped Education in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 6:20 PM

In today's educational landscape there are a lot of players vying for influence over the future of America's P-20 educational system. Of these players, none have been as influential as the "Billionaire Boys Club." To be in this club, you have to have a net worth of $1 billion dollars,...

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A Better Way to Climb the Ladder to College Success

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 8:30 AM

Note: Today's guest post comes to us courtesy of Rick Dalton, president of College For Every Student (

The sit-ins, die-ins, marches and other demonstrations sparked by the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are not just about law enforcement and our judicial system. The real cause is...

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Why Are Boys Falling Behind the Girls in K-12 and College Achievement?

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:25 AM

Nationally, over 57 percent of college attendees are female when public and private school stats are combined. Females have been consistently edging ahead of their male classmates since the late 1970s when the percentages flip-flopped. Aside from all-female schools, there are others that have marked disproportionate numbers. Pacific...

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Ivy Leagues Are Not an Instant Payoff for Graduates

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 7:58 AM

Ivy League schools are prestigious, with many students vying for acceptance and few actually earning a spot as an attendee. However, for people seeking the cushiest early-career salaries, the Ivy Leagues aren't paying off instantly.

Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Columbia don't make it into the top 30 universities for starting...

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