Project MUST (Mentoring Urban Students for Teaching)

Contact: Professor Maris Krasnow
Phone: (212) 998-5207
Schools: Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics, 280 Pleasant Avenue, New York, NY 10029             University Neighborhood High School, 20 Monroe Street, New York, NY 10002

Funder: Private Funder - Anonymous

Project MUST (Mentoring Urban Students for Teaching) is located at two New York City high schools with predominantly African-American, Latino, and Asian populations. The Project's main goals are:

  • To provide support to inner-city secondary school students to stay in school, promote their ongoing academic development, enhance their communication and problem-solving skills, and strengthen their self-confidence and self-esteem to pursue college studies;
  • To encourage high school students to consider careers in teaching and other helping or human-service professions.

Each program site involves approximately 18 high school juniors and seniors who participate in a twice-weekly seminar based on the Department of Teaching and Learning's introductory teacher education course, Inquiries Into Teaching and Learning. The program is conducted under the guidance of a full-time doctoral student who functions as a mentor and role model for the students. A teacher on the school faculty participates as well. Among other components of the program, students are responsible for field work in neighboring school settings with younger children. Manhattan Center students work with preschool children in the nearby Bilingual Head Start Center, and also with middle school children at the Isaac Newton Middle School located in Manhattan Center. University Neighborhood students work with children in nearby P.S. 2. Additionally, Project MUST students go on field trips to a variety of institutions where teaching and learning occur, visit NYU, and participate in an NYU Inquiries class. The program is a fine model of collaboration between NYU Steinhardt's Department of Teaching and Learning and its local school partners.