More than 15,000 graduates of the Department of Teaching and Learning live and work across the country and throughout the world. Most new alumni of our teacher certification programs start their careers in New York City's public schools. They are teachers at all grade levels or serve as educational leaders in such schools as University Neighborhood High School and Bard Early College High School on Manhattan's Lower East Side, the Brooklyn New School, and the Newcomers High School in Queens. Our alumni frequently serve as cooperating teachers for our student teachers and establish networks among themselves to support their practice and professional development. Many doctoral alumni have become advanced practitioners, scholars and members of college and university faculties here and abroad.
Many alumni have extended their careers beyond the classroom and school building into leadership positions in the private and public sectors, working with educational advocacy organizations, teacher development groups, government agencies, and boards of education in New York City and other urban and suburban areas throughout the country. Our graduates have published children's books, including many best sellers, produced educational videos, led universities and colleges, advised government leaders on educational reform and practice, and educated children and adults in developing countries.
Every year, dozens of alumni return to Steinhardt and the Department of Teaching and Learning to participate in conversations with our students and faculty about what it means to be a teacher and a teacher leader in today's urban classrooms and schools. Their experiences and knowledge greatly enhances the education and preparation of all of our students.