MAT Director, Visiting Assistant Professor of Master of Arts in Teaching
Dr. Nada Ahmed's research, teaching, leadership and practice interests are centered on fostering equity in urban schools and communities. She will be the MAT Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Masters of Arts in Teaching in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ahmed's work in fostering equity draws from her training in education including: (1) Ph.D. in Education Research from Kings College, University of London (2) M.S. in Elementary Education from Bank Street College, (3) B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, (4) Administrative Instructional Leadership Training from Get Smarts School, (5) Learning Styles Training from St. Johns University, (6) Facilitative Leadership Certificate in National School Reform, and (7) Training in Creative Arts from The New School.
She has sixteen years of experience working in high-need urban public schools and districts around the United States. Her teaching experience spans from teaching students in early childhood, childhood and middle school through higher education. This work has involved teaching for residency programs and providing coaching and professional development for new and experienced teachers. Central leadership components of Dr. Ahmed's work have involved engaging in school improvement efforts with school administrators and providing strategic leadership for instructional and leadership coaches.
Dr. Ahmed participated on a new-school design team for Get Smarts Schools, a two-year social entrepreneurship fellowship. As part of Get Smarts Schools, she was a planning partner who helped start an innovative elementary school in Denver, CO centered on the values of creativity, connecting community, and fostering critical thinking.She has supported planning partners at different stages of starting schools and getting more autonomy from districts.
Innovative technologies are a key tool Dr. Ahmed has used for transforming school culture and student outcomes towards being at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning. She has worked in education technology for the past four years, where she helped lead a team of instructional and leadership coaches and school partners across the United States reimagine the classroom using a personalized math model.
The research program that she is interested in developing focuses around collaborating with New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development to engage in digital education research assessing an innovative residency model towards developing a highly qualified pipeline of teachers and teaching mentors.
Dr. Nada Ahmed was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader Award that recognizes global young education professionals for their service, research, and leadership.