NYU Steinhardt, the nation’s oldest university-based school of teaching and learning, announces the Education Solutions Initiative to inform, support, and challenge policymakers to make meaningful progress on resolving the critical issues facing students and educators.
After years of discussion and debate, the new national Every Student Succeeds Act creates the impetus for achieving consensus at the state and local levels to enact changes to pre-K through 12th grade instruction, testing, and teacher evaluation. To facilitate and advance discussion on these important issues, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is launching a series of activities addressing key topics in education policy.
“As the oldest school of pedagogy at an American university, we have the unique opportunity to lead this discussion and push for real solutions in education,” said Dominic Brewer, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of NYU Steinhardt. “Our 125th anniversary is a reminder of our obligation to train the best teachers and use the latest research to inform policies that drive meaningful change in education.”
The new initiative will focus on discussions around important questions in education policy and reform. A new working group of NYU Steinhardt researchers has been formed to address these questions and provide insights to elected and appointed officials.
The working group will develop a series of evidence-based white papers on key issues in education. The topics to be released this year include:
- Is universal pre-K working?
- What is the future of Common Core in New York?
- How can schools better serve English language learners?
- How can we improve school climate and discipline practices?
- Looking beyond test scores – what is social-emotional learning?
- How can we improve access to and success in higher education for minority and first-generation college students?
As part of the Education Solutions Initiative, the school will host a leadership forum in June on education policy and reform for elected officials and appointees. NYU Steinhardt has invited Governor Andrew Cuomo to participate, and will invite other officials and education leaders to attend and take part in the event.