Mayor Announces Partnership with Steinhardt, CUNY for Teacher Education

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Mayor Announces Partnership with Steinhardt, CUNY for Teacher Education

 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Teach New York: NYC Partnership for Teacher Excellence Scholarship will no longer be offered after Fall 2008.


In his 2006 State of the City Address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the formation of The Partnership for Teacher Excellence. The Partnership brings together NYU (both the Steinhardt School of Education and the Faculty of Arts and Science, as well as the School of Social Work), The City University of New York (CUNY), and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to develop and implement innovative designs for teacher education with an emphasis on teaching in New York City, and a commitment to continue to support early career teachers on the job.

Supported by a $15 million four-year grant from the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, The Partnership will address New York City’s need for highly qualified, well-trained teachers who will immediately be able to excel in the City’s public schools.

The project aims to locate more of teacher education in schools themselves; offer incentives to NYU and CUNY students to learn to be teachers of mathematics, science, and TESOL/Spanish – all shortage areas in New York City; and build on a continuous trajectory of teachers’ development that runs from college encounters with the subjects they will teach, through pre-service experiences as students of teaching, through earliest challenges, and on to mastery of the craft.

The participating institutions will focus on different aspects of the program while collaborating on design, implementation and evaluation:

  • CUNY will initially create a Teacher Academy designed to attract outstanding undergraduates to careers in teaching math and science. Modeled after CUNY’s successful Honors College, the Teacher Academy will be a University initiative created in partnership with six senior colleges: Brooklyn College, City College, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Lehman College and Queens College. CUNY is already recruiting students for this program. (

  • NYU will focus on graduate-level teacher education programs, emphasizing immersion in schools and communities and development of strong content knowledge. New models of coursework and practical experience will be developed by faculty from the Steinhardt School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Social Work, in conjunction with the Department of Education. Beginning this fall, approximately 100 candidates will be recruited to graduate programs for teachers of math, science, English Language Learners and Spanish.

    The College of Arts and Sciences will collaborate with the School of Education to enroll undergraduate students in a new five-year BA/MA sequence leading to teacher certification. A portion of NYU’s Partnership students will receive scholarship support in return for at least a two-year commitment to work in NYC public schools.

  • The DOE will work with the university partners to develop a teacher education model responsive to its most pressing needs. The Partnership will designate “host schools” where student will do some of their coursework and participate in an array of hands-on, teaching-related work. Host school teachers and other DOE professionals will collaborate with university faculty to develop and teach coursework onsite. Host schools will be selected to provide models of strong teaching practices in the face of real urban school challenges. The DOE will guarantee successful graduates of Partnership programs job placement in schools with similar challenges and will work with the Partnership to provide continuing professional support.

Contact Information

Kara Angèle Pressley, Scholarship and Outreach Administrator
Phone: 212-998-5354