Nada Ahmed is the Co- Director of NYU- Steinhardt National Teacher Residency and Director of Field Studies. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Teaching and Learning at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She has eighteen years of experience working with high-need urban public schools and districts around the United States and is committed to building teacher leadership in novice and experienced teachers. Her teaching experience spans from teaching students in early childhood, childhood and middle school through higher education. She has worked in districts and non-profits around the United States providing coaching and professional development to new and experienced teachers. Central leadership components of Dr. Ahmed's work have involved engaging in school improvement efforts with school administrators and providing strategic leadership for instructional and leadership coaches.
Dr. Nada Ahmed's research, teaching, leadership and practice interests are centered on fostering equity in urban schools and communities. Dr. Ahmed's work in fostering equity draws from her training in education including: (1) Ph.D. in Education Research from Kings College, University of London (2) M.S. in Elementary Education from Bank Street College, (3) B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, (4) Administrative Instructional Leadership Training from Get Smarts School and St. Johns University and (5) Training in Creative Arts from The New School.
Dr. Ahmed participated on a new-school design team for Get Smarts Schools, a two-year social entrepreneurship fellowship. As part of Get Smarts Schools, she was a planning partner who helped start an innovative elementary school in Denver, CO centered on the values of creativity, connecting community, and fostering critical thinking. She has supported planning partners at different stages of starting schools.
Innovative technologies are a key tool Dr. Ahmed has used for transforming school culture and student outcomes towards being at the forefront of innovative teaching and learning. She has worked in education technology, where she helped lead a team of instructional and leadership coaches and school partners across the United States reimagine the classroom using a personalized learning model.
Her research interests focuses on: (1.) engaging in digital education research (2.) innovative technologies (3.) teacher residencies (4.) introducing new innovations in higher education and urban school settings (5.) building advocacy and leadership in teachers and teaching mentors (6.) Learning mindsets and engagement (7.) designing innovative professional development models (8.) the role of culture in play as a tool to mediate learning