Jen Murtha

Guest Blogger

COO, Teaching Matters

New York City, New York

Jen Murtha is the chief operating officer for Teaching Matters, a nonprofit that increases teacher effectiveness to improve student success.
Jen leads the implementation of organizational strategy including planning, organizing, operating and staffing all Teaching Matters services within New York City and nationally.

Jen is responsible for creating and cultivating critical internal systems and structures across all functions of the organization ensuring effective alignment and collaboration on mission-critical initiatives. Through her leadership, Teaching Matters successfully scales school support services across hundreds of schools in three geographic locations.

Prior to joining Teaching Matters, Jen served as a teacher, instructional coach and school leader focused on servicing students impacted by opportunity gaps in education. She was also a co-founder of, providing free reading curriculum online to teachers worldwide, where she honed her skills in nonprofit management of scaled initiatives.

Jen earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science, with a minor in business administration, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Central Florida.


Posted July 13, 2020

5 Ways School Leaders Can Respond to the Challenges Ahead and Open Stronger

There is no doubt educators are exhausted from a trial-by-fire school year. As a virulent pathogen spread, we were forced…

By Jen Murtha, Lynette Guastaferro

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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