New York University prides itself on being a private university in the public service. In the Department of Teaching and Learning, that service focuses primarily on public schools and the ongoing crisis in urban education. In many urban schools, dropout rates are too high, reading and math performance too low, and retention rates for new teachers in desperate need of improvement.
On the Front Lines of Urban Education
Our faculty, doctoral students, and MA students see themselves as teachers and researchers on the front lines of the battle to revitalize urban education. They have published on a broad range of urban education issues, including school violence, racial segregation, the achievement gap, educational and youth development among recent immigrants, fiscal inequities between urban and suburban schools, STEM and environmental education, and curriculum and teacher development in primary, middle, and secondary education. Our faculty have used their expertise to consult with and assist schools in addressing some of their most critical problems in such areas as special education, literacy, math, history, and bilingual education and have been part of school reform efforts that have founded dynamic new schools and partnered with a range of schools in New York City.
The core mission of the Department of Teaching and Learning is teacher education, preparing our students to meet the challenges of teaching and leadership in today’s demanding educational environment. Our graduates will not only be able to succeed in their first years of teaching but will have a sufficiently thorough foundation in theory and practice to keep improving their educational work throughout their careers. NYU teachers are highly regarded in the metropolitan area and beyond. Many of our graduates are in leadership positions in schools, universities, and other educational institutions.
Susan Neuman, Department Chair and Professor of Education and Literacy, talks about Teaching and Learning's signature approaches to preparing teachers for today's urban classroom.