Matt is Co-Founder of June Jordan School for Equity (JJSE), a small, innovative public high school in San Francisco which was established in 2003 through a grassroots community organizing effort. JJSE serves a student body that is more than 80% low-income and nearly 30% special education students. The school’s Black and Latino students have consistently produced graduation and college success rates far exceeding local and state averages. JJSE is a school for social justice, which to us means teaching ethical values and building students’ leadership skills to create positive change in a world that is all too often defined by inequality and oppression.
Matt has played many roles at JJSE, including serving as the school’s principal for a decade and developing the school’s “Art of Social Justice Teaching” pedagogical framework. He is now working to expand the school’s leadership development and community organizing programs, especially around immigrant rights, gentrification, and other issues that directly impact students and families.
Matt holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.A. in Education from the Stanford Teacher Education Program.
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