Matthew Lynch

Guest Blogger

Dean of the School of Education, Psychology, & Interdisciplinary Studies and an Associate Professor of Education at Virginia Union University

Richmond, Virginia

Matthew Lynch is a writer, activist and the Dean of the School of Education, Psychology, & Interdisciplinary Studies and an Associate Professor of Education at Virginia Union University. He spent seven years as a social studies and special education teacher in Mississippi—an experience that gave him a view of the challenges facing education reform.

His articles and opeds appear regularly in the Huffington Post, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and Education Week. He has authored and edited a number of books on school reform and school leadership.

Dr. Lynch earned a bachelor’s in psychology from University of Southern Mississippi, and his master’s and PhD in education from Jackson State University.

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Posted Feb. 5, 2015

Why K-12 Education Still Needs Federal Oversight

Educating American children has always been a responsibility that has fallen heavily on the states. As the public school system…

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

Smart Move: D.C. Invests $20 Million in Minority Male Students

D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced a plan to invest $20 million to support programs for Washington, D.C.’s, men of…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2014

4 Ways Common Core Teaches Life Skills

One of the loudest arguments against Common Core Standards is that they don’t apply to “real-life” situations and that their…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2014

5 Reasons I’m Thankful I’m an Educator

Like many others, I’d like to take time after this holiday weekend to reflect on my blessings and particularly the…

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Posted Nov. 21, 2014

Combining Dream Teachers and Higher Standards

Imagine a world where imagination is all that is needed to create dream schools run by dream teachers. That’s the…

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Posted Oct. 8, 2014

Why Mississippi Needs a Common Core Boost

This school year, every public school student in my home state of Mississippi will get their first taste of Common…

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Posted May 11, 2017

It’s Not Just About What Happens in School, After School Matters, Too

President Trump’s “skinny budget” for the coming fiscal year is chock full of proposed cutbacks to longstanding federal programs. But one of his most surprising…

By Jodi Grant

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Posted May 10, 2017

Why Poor College Kids Like Us Need to Start Asking for the Help We Need

Growing up, my parents embedded the ideology that I should be happy and grateful for what I have. My mother would say, “Aunque seamos pobres,…

By Guillermo Camarillo

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

By Christopher Mah

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