Joseph P. McDonald

Professor of Teaching and Learning

Joseph P. McDonald

Phone: 212 998 5447

Joseph McDonald is Professor of Teaching and Learning at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University, where he teaches in the English Education program, chairs the cross-school teacher education faculty committee, and is a faculty affiliate of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center).

McDonald is the author or co-author of nine books about teaching and schooling. The latest is American School Reform: What Works, What Fails, and Why (University of Chicago Press, 2014), winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Education Practice from the Association of American Publishing. It examines twenty years of school reform in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Bay Area. Other books include The Power of Protocols (Teachers College Press, third edition, 2013), Going Online with Protocols: New Tools for Teaching and Learning (Teachers College Press, 2012), and Going to Scale with New School Designs: Reinventing High School (Teachers College Press, 2009).

McDonald's writing in general is both scholarly and practical - for example, a fall 2013 contribution with colleagues to the Peabody Journal of Education's special issue on school-university partnerships, and a fall 2014 contribution with former student Daniel Hudder to a Phi Delta Kappan issue on classroom management. McDonald has also been co-editor of the Series on School Reform at Teachers College Press since 1994 - a series that has produced nearly 70 books to date.

McDonald's current research (funded by the Spencer Foundation under the auspices of the Research Alliance for New York City) is a study of teachers' use of data in nine New York schools. His collaborators are Susan Neuman and James Kemple. With Pedro Noguera, McDonald leads an effort funded by the New York State Department of Education, the Wilner-Bloomgarden Family Foundation, and the NYU McSilver Institute to design a partnership aimed at using the learning capital of the university, and the civic capacity of the community to address the impact of poverty on education in New York and elsewhere.

McDonald is the co-founder of the NYU Partnership Schools program, a collaboration in teacher education among NYU and 23 schools located mostly in poverty-impacted neighborhoods of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn, and he sits on the board of the Great Oaks Charter School on the Lower East Side.

For many years, McDonald was a high school English teacher as well as a high school principal. He holds a Doctorate in Education and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Harvard University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Scranton. Before coming to NYU, he taught at Brown University where he led the teacher education program in English and served as the first Director of Research at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, as well as Senior Researcher for the Coalition of Essential Schools. McDonald has been at NYU/Steinhardt since 1998, and has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and also as Associate Dean for Community and Global Initiatives.


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