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Technical Support, Professional Development, & Career Preparation

  • Abilities and Inclusion
  • Anti-racist Pedagogy
  • Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Education
  • Early Childhood Development & Learning
  • Equity & Social Justice
  • Family Engagement & Support
  • Immigrant Youth & Families
  • Language & Literacy
  • Mindfulness
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Participatory Research
  • School Climate
  • STEM Learning
  • Teacher Mental Health & Well-Being
  • Abilities and Inclusion
  • Administration & Leadership
  • Advocacy and Organizing
  • Anti-racist Pedagogy
  • Community Engagement
  • Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Education
  • Family Engagement & Support
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Post-Secondary Transition
  • Teacher Mental Health & Well-Being
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Abilities and Inclusion

We take a DisCrit perspective to abilities, working with schools and districts to encourage environments that are inclusive, welcoming, and nurturing across religion, ethnicity, language ability, gender, sexual orientation, and race. 

“When you focus on someone’s disability you’ll overlook their abilities, beauty and uniqueness. Once you learn to accept and love them for who they are, you subconsciously learn to love yourself unconditionally.” ― Yvonne Pierre

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Administration & Leadership

We support leaders in shaping restorative, responsive, and safe environments that promote learning in culturally sustaining and academically rigorous ways, putting bold theories of educational excellence into practice while inspiring conversations about the rights of all students to learn. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

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College & Career

We provide services designed to enhance all students access to educational opportunities, helping them develop skills necessary for becoming independent, self-sufficient, and transformative members of society.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela

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Community Engagement

We work with parents, community-based organizations, and other community stakeholders interested in transforming our neighborhoods and communities through participatory decision making “power blocks” so that our children and youth have advocates who help them secure and sustain rich opportunities to learn and thrive in our world. 

"There is no power of change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." Margaret J. Wheatley

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Early Childhood Development & Learning

We offer programs that emphasize the power of parenting and the centrality of equity in human development with the belief that every child, particularly in their early years, deserves equal access to a nurturing education. 

“Teach children what to think and you limit them to your ideas. Teach children how to think and their ideas are unlimited.” - Sandra Parks

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Equity & Social Justice

We toil courageously in cultural and political contexts that frustrate and obstruct the educational achievement of vulnerable student populations to maximize the resources of communities, enhancing learning opportunities for schools and other entities that support all youth. 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” -  Dr. Martin Luther King

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Language & Literacy

We develop and deliver services that support teachers and other practitioners committed to critical literacy and the advancement of multilingual models. 

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." - Chinese Proverb

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Parent Engagement & Support

We address the increasing mandate of state and federal agencies through helping school districts structure effective programs that address home to school/school to home communications, develop symbiotic relationships, and nurture parent leaders. 

“When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world”- Shai Reshef

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Our engaged scholarship model promotes inquiry designed to interrogate systems of power while expanding knowledge of issues that impact equity across all domains of public education. 

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” - Chimamanda Adichie

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School Climate

We instigate positive school climates that promote diverse, inclusive, equitable, and restorative environments capable of sustaining culturally and linguistically diverse students and staff. 
“Education is the passport to the future for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”-Malcolm X”

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Student Support & Services

We directly support students’ college, career, and civic development through services such as tutoring in core academic subjects, workforce development, individual and small-group counseling, and mentoring. 

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”-Audre Lorde

Who We Are

NYU Metro Center is guided by an executive director, a team of deputy executive directors, center and project directors, professional staff, and is supported by graduate students and consultants.

Centers, Programs, and Projects

Our comprehensive programs and projects serve a wide range of constituencies including community members, parents, students, teachers, and school leaders.


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.