Teacher Racial Bias Matters More for Students of Color

English and math teachers underestimate the academic abilities of students of color, which in turn has an impact on students’ grades and academic expectations, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. The study, published online in the journal Social Science Research, builds on existing evidence of how teacher biases in the classroom affect students and adds […]

Study Finds Classifying English Proficiency Varies by District, with Mixed Outcomes for Students

The threshold for transitioning students from English learners to fluent English proficient status—a process termed reclassification—varies widely across and within states, finds a study by NYU Steinhardt, Oregon State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The findings, published in a special centennial issue of the American Educational Research Journal, inform conversations about statewide […]

Inside NYU Steinhardt:  Elisabeth King on the Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies

Steinhardt’s new interdisciplinary minor in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) is geared toward undergraduate students who want to better understand the world today and contribute to global peace efforts.  Students in the program will be studying with faculty members who have their fingers on the pulse of state of the world, who will lead them in […]

Asian American Students Have Strong Academic Support – But Is It Too Much?

Despite having the strongest academic support from parents, teachers, and friends, second-generation Asian American adolescents benefit much less from these supports than others, finds a study by NYU Steinhardt. The findings, published in the Asian American Journal of Psychology, suggest that support may be experienced as pressure and that stereotyping Asian Americans as high achievers […]

International Education Students Create Resources for Under-Served and Refugee Children

“I am always searching for opportunities to bring the real world into my classroom,” says Elisabeth King, associate professor of international education and politics. “I want to give our students, who are so passionate about wanting to make a difference in the world, the opportunity to see the wonder and the challenges of their engagement.” Last […]

Inside Books: Building a New Educational State by Joan Malczewski

Building a New Educational State Joan Malczewski, Associate Professor of History and Social Studies In her new book, Building a New Educational State (University of Chicago Press, 2016), Malczewski explores the transformation of black education in North Carolina and Mississippi during the Jim Crow era. Drawing on extensive archival research, Malczewski shows the work behind the […]

Teacher Communication with Parents Consistent with Racial Stereotypes

Teachers communicate with parents not just based on a student’s academic performance and behaviors, but also based on parents’ racial and immigrant backgrounds, finds a study by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. “The patterns of communication we saw are consistent with stereotypes that teachers may subscribe to different racial and ethnic […]

The Kids Are Alright: Youth Are Civically Engaged, Despite Income Inequality

Income inequality is linked with greater civic engagement among youth, particularly among youth of color and those of lower socioeconomic status, finds a study by NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The findings, published in the November issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, contradict what research has shown among adults, […]