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Mission

We advance equity and excellence in education, connecting to legacies of justice work through critical inquiry and research, professional development and technical assistance, community action and collaboration.

Vision

We commit to social justice and the amplification of youth and parent/community voice, meaningful dialogue and interaction to honor and respect all people.

Values

Integrity 

Strong moral principles that adhere to a code of the highest virtues of sound and incorruptible human character sustain NYU Metro Center. 

Community 

NYU Metro Center embraces the concept of the collective - “out of many, one” - we are better and more together than we are alone, that those most impacted by policies and practices should be part of designing those policies and practices. 

Liberation 

NYU Metro Center embodies and advances the principles of a free society, untethered from oppressive restrictions imposed on the goals of self-determination, independence, autonomy, and sovereignty for vulnerable people. 

 

Connection 

Radical and unyielding understanding for those who face barriers to inclusion in their community, while working in partnership to build a more embracing world, guides NYU Metro Center. 

Service 

NYU Metro Center pledges to contribute to the benefit of others - especially vulnerable people - to assist in the ongoing campaigns for justice, social transformation, and extended opportunities. 

 

Impact

Years

of Community-Facing Research to Practice Partnerships

Education Leaders

Supported by NYU Metro Center in 2018 and 2019

Teachers

Supported by NYU Metro Center in 2018 and 2019

Parents

Supported by NYU Metro Center in 2018 and 2019

Students

Students Directly Served by NYU Metro Center’s Student-Facing Programs and Partnerships

Presentations and Trainings

to Local, Statewide, National, and International Conferences, Summits, and Convenings

History

Born of the dream of achieving equity in public education, NYU Metro Center was founded in 1978 by NYU Professor LaMar P. Miller. Miller's vision was to examine and find solutions for the problems facing the country's public schools, especially as they affect marginalized children.

Subsequent to Dr. Miller, Dr. Pedro Noguera--over the course of 12 years--grew the center and advanced its mission and work, forging NYU Metro Center into one of the nation's leading organizations committed to educational equity and school transformation.    

Today, NYU Metro Center is nationally and internationally renowned for its work on educational equity and school improvement. It brings together scholars, educators, and innovators from diverse backgrounds to collaborate on a range of projects to strengthen and improve access, opportunity, and educational quality across varied settings, but particularly in our communities.

We boast a broad and bold research agenda that touches topics including culturally responsive-sustaining education; discipline and disproportionately; Linguistic Justice; school to prison nexus, youth engagement, family engagement, and integration. 

Throughout its history, NYU Metro Center has been dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and social justice for all children. NYU Metro Center has been a partner and resource for schools and school districts throughout the U.S. and beyond, including in Detroit, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh, San Juan, Washington, D.C., and Wilmington. Its professional development programs prepare teachers, school leaders and staff, and parents to improve school culture and climate, reduce referrals to special education, and better support the unique needs of students, such as emergent bilingual students, students across a range of abilities, LGBTQIA children and youth, and students from vulnerable backgrounds. Its research initiatives inform the policy and intervention communities on how educational reforms will impact the most vulnerable populations in and beyond our school systems.

Today, NYU Metro Center is a flourishing tree with strong, flowing branches and deep roots.  

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