Matthew McCluskey is a seventh-year English teacher and Chair of the English Department at North Star Academy College Preparatory High School in Newark, NJ. As an instructional leader with Uncommon Schools, Matthew coaches teachers and facilitates regular professional development numerous topics, such as argumentation, close reading, using seminars as a teaching tool, and CCSS ELA shifts. Over the past two years, Matthew has helped usher in the Common Core to Uncommon Schools through creating and managing CCSS-aligned assessments for all high schools in the Uncommon network grades 9-12. This work has led to PARCC averages 27% higher than the non-economically disadvantaged subset across grades 9-11 and 36% higher than the State average. In addition to his work with Uncommon, Matthew is an Adjunct Professor at the Relay Graduate School of Education, where he teaches an ELA Pedagogy course. Matthew received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the Boston College Lynch School of Education. Matthew also acts as an ELA consultant for Unbounded, an organization designed to help school leaders provide Standards-aligned curriculum and instruction. He has facilitated PD for and consulted schools in Arkansas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Matthew’s favorite role is as founder and advisor of the Broad & Central Literary Magazine (an award-winning literary magazine and club for student writing and art). Recently, he received an Uncommon Schools Knowledge Grant to create professional development resources on facilitating discussion in High School and was a semi-finalist for the Fishman Prize. In July 2016, together with 2015 Hollyhock Fellow Julia Addeo, Matthew founded North Star Academy’s second high school.