Sarah Klevan

Sarah Klevan staff photoSarah Klevan is a Research Associate for the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. She conducts qualitative research for a variety of Research Alliance studies. These include our examination of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, which is exploring how high schools can more effectively serve immigrant youth; our work with the Maker Partnership, which focuses on helping teachers incorporate computer science into elementary science classes using maker pedagogy; and our evaluation of Border Crossers in NYC, which aims to examine whether and how the organization’s tools disrupt racism at the school and classroom level. Dr. Klevan also leads our work on the evaluation of the Safe Public Spaces Initiative’s implementation in 12 NYC middle schools.

The overarching question that frames Dr. Klevan's research is: How and in what ways do schools simultaneously reproduce and disrupt patterns of inequality? Situated within this broader question, her dissertation research focused on restorative approaches to discipline, challenges and success related to the implementation of restorative approaches, and how these approaches shifted key in-school relationships, in particular authority relationships between teachers and students.

Dr. Klevan has co-authored a number of Research Alliance reports and has presented her work at meetings of the American Educational Research Association and the Eastern Sociological Society, as well as practitioner-focused events, such as Eskolta’s annual conference for school leaders, educators, and staff.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Klevan taught 5th and 6th grade in Philadelphia. She was also a fellow of the Jewish Organizing Initiative in Boston. Dr. Klevan earned her Ph.D from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She also holds an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in Elementary Education and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.

Email: sarah.klevan@nyu.edu
Phone: 212-998-5801