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When we ask hard questions and speak in hard truths, we bring ourselves closer to achieving equity impact. Browse our resources to learn how what’s going on in the world today impacts your mission.

Why Matterlab?

Why Matterlab?

“Sounds like a great place to work! I wonder why the agency is named Matterlab?” That was my initial thought after my first conversation about the possibility of joining Matterlab. Let’s take it back a little further.
MLK Day 2021: A Suggested Syllabus to Inspire Your Day “On”

MLK Day 2021: A Suggested Syllabus to Inspire Your Day “On”

Today is MLK Day, but Friday was his actual birthday — and he would have been 92 years old. Instead, he was assassinated 52 years ago at only 39 years young. It took almost 20 years and countless failed bills to actually pass legislation to make today a federal holiday — the first in recognition of a private citizen, a non-President, a Black person. 
The Case for Community-Centered Charter Schools

The Case for Community-Centered Charter Schools

Charter schools were always meant to solve community challenges: access to learning opportunities, stagnant education models, lack of specialized schools based on student needs. In the two decades since charter schooling first became popularized, have they succeeded? 
The Power of Narrative Framing: What is Equity?

The Power of Narrative Framing: What is Equity?

We’re sometimes asked to explain how we view the difference between equality and equity. In short, equality is about everyone having the same things, and equity is about everyone having what they need - whatever their starting point.
Must-Haves in 2021 for Sustainable Equity in Summer Camp

Must-Haves in 2021 for Sustainable Equity in Summer Camp

By Briana Mitchell, AF Camp Director, and Makela Elvy, an environmental educator and camp enthusiast - together, the creators of S’more Melanin, a digital destination for resources, historical context, and connectivity for BIPOC in the camp world.
Preparing Teachers to Lead Through Crisis

Preparing Teachers to Lead Through Crisis

By Rea Foster, Executive Director, Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth | At Teach For America Dallas Fort-Worth, we know that potential is equally distributed among all students. Opportunity, however, is not.
The Art of Voice Establishment

The Art of Voice Establishment

By Jessie Collins | I joined the Matterlab team in February of 2020 (great time to start a big new thing, right?).
The Power of Narrative Framing: No More Achievement Gap

The Power of Narrative Framing: No More Achievement Gap

Language is inherently viral, which is how new phrases enter our lexicon seemingly overnight. It’s true in popular culture (many of us on the team just learned what ‘no cap’ means) and in the socio-political sphere. The term ‘anti-racism’ was not invented in 2020, but its use has gone viral as the way to describe in eleven short characters the work we as individuals and a nation need to do to identify and eliminate racism by changing the systems, structures, policies and practices that protect and promote it.
Building a Beloved Community

Building a Beloved Community

At Matterlab — both as a company and as individuals — we oppose and renounce all forms of racism in America. We ...
The World Needs Your Impact

The World Needs Your Impact

If we take precautions seriously, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable family and ...
Our Origin Story

Our Origin Story

For quite a while now, we’ve been a classic case of the cobbler’s son who has no shoes. For about a year after our
Why Matterlab?

Why Matterlab?

“Sounds like a great place to work! I wonder why the agency is named Matterlab?” That was my initial thought after my first conversation about the possibility of joining Matterlab. Let’s take it back a little further.
MLK Day 2021: A Suggested Syllabus to Inspire Your Day “On”

MLK Day 2021: A Suggested Syllabus to Inspire Your Day “On”

Today is MLK Day, but Friday was his actual birthday — and he would have been 92 years old. Instead, he was assassinated 52 years ago at only 39 years young. It took almost 20 years and countless failed bills to actually pass legislation to make today a federal holiday — the first in recognition of a private citizen, a non-President, a Black person. 
The Case for Community-Centered Charter Schools

The Case for Community-Centered Charter Schools

Charter schools were always meant to solve community challenges: access to learning opportunities, stagnant education models, lack of specialized schools based on student needs. In the two decades since charter schooling first became popularized, have they succeeded? 
The Power of Narrative Framing: What is Equity?

The Power of Narrative Framing: What is Equity?

We’re sometimes asked to explain how we view the difference between equality and equity. In short, equality is about everyone having the same things, and equity is about everyone having what they need - whatever their starting point.
Must-Haves in 2021 for Sustainable Equity in Summer Camp

Must-Haves in 2021 for Sustainable Equity in Summer Camp

By Briana Mitchell, AF Camp Director, and Makela Elvy, an environmental educator and camp enthusiast - together, the creators of S’more Melanin, a digital destination for resources, historical context, and connectivity for BIPOC in the camp world.
Preparing Teachers to Lead Through Crisis

Preparing Teachers to Lead Through Crisis

By Rea Foster, Executive Director, Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth | At Teach For America Dallas Fort-Worth, we know that potential is equally distributed among all students. Opportunity, however, is not.
The Art of Voice Establishment

The Art of Voice Establishment

By Jessie Collins | I joined the Matterlab team in February of 2020 (great time to start a big new thing, right?).
The Power of Narrative Framing: No More Achievement Gap

The Power of Narrative Framing: No More Achievement Gap

Language is inherently viral, which is how new phrases enter our lexicon seemingly overnight. It’s true in popular culture (many of us on the team just learned what ‘no cap’ means) and in the socio-political sphere. The term ‘anti-racism’ was not invented in 2020, but its use has gone viral as the way to describe in eleven short characters the work we as individuals and a nation need to do to identify and eliminate racism by changing the systems, structures, policies and practices that protect and promote it.
Building a Beloved Community

Building a Beloved Community

At Matterlab — both as a company and as individuals — we oppose and renounce all forms of racism in America. We ...
The World Needs Your Impact

The World Needs Your Impact

If we take precautions seriously, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our most vulnerable family and ...
Our Origin Story

Our Origin Story

For quite a while now, we’ve been a classic case of the cobbler’s son who has no shoes. For about a year after our

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