NYU Steinhardt

Hi All,

I write to share with you highlights from National Education Week, an Ed tech festival that we co-sponsored last week with Edge, an educational technology incubator company, and WNET.

The sold-out event was held in Skirball and brought together Startups, CEOS, investors, and members of the education community for conversations on opportunities and issues in education. I introduced the event and spoke of our community, mentioning our innovative projects in arts, media, health, and education, work that exemplifies the best of an American research university.


Watch my intro to the conference

At the event we announced our new MAT Program, a residency-based online teacher education program that would enable students to earn a graduate degree by combining online coursework with immersive on-site experiences in high-needs schools. Steinhardt’s technology partners, Joe Ross, Chief Strategy officer of HotChalk, and Courtney Williams, CEO of Torsh, Inc., joined faculty members Joseph McDonald and Diana Turk on stage for an announcement about the collaboration.


Watch the announcement

One of the aims of the conference was to connect entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, educators, companies, and thought leaders. Carmen Fariña, New York City School’s Chancellor, and an alumna of the Steinhardt School, was among those who discussed the need for private sector investment in the city schools. This was one of the topics that we discussed on WNET’s program, Metrofocus, last week...and I was very pleased to see our 125th anniversary timeline in the segment.


Watch the WNET interview

Presenting at the conference were: Professor Alex Ruthmann, a designer of new technologies for music making and learning, and Professor Jan Plass, whose work explores how gaming and digital media can influence learning. Bridget O’Connor took part in a panel called, “Learning for and at Work.”

National Education Week was an inspiring, one-of-a-kind event. At its apex, it was the #5 trending topic on Twitter last week. (It’s hard to compete with Star Wars.)

In closing, I want to thank all of our many staff members whose work contributed to the event’s success and wish everyone in the Steinhardt community — near and far — a restful and happy holiday season.

With warmest regards,