Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning has been selected by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship (WW-RBFF) program as an institution designated to receive its aspiring teachers of color fellows.Established in 1992 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color were created to help recruit, support, and retain highly qualified teachers of color throughout the country.
NYU Steinhardt is one of 29 campuses around the country to receive WW-RBF fellows. In making the award, the foundation noted that Steinhardt was chosen from a pool of 159 university applicants and that “receiving this designation is a high honor and a mark of national recognition indicating the quality of your teacher preparation programs.”
Selected annually from a national competition, WW-RBFF fellows receive a $30,000 stipend to enroll in a master’s degree program leading to teacher licensure.
“Our math, science, and social studies teacher education programs combine academic rigor, clinical practice, ongoing collaboration with faculty from NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and an intensive clinical practice in high need New York public schools,” said Robert Cohen, professor of social studies education and chair of Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning. “We also have a strong track record of placing students of color in teaching positions in urban schools. This makes us an ideal site for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s aspiring teachers of color fellows.”
Over the past eight years, Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning has graduated 452 African American and Hispanic students from its teacher education programs. Graduates are employed in schools throughout all five boroughs of New York City.
“Each Wilson fellow who graduates from NYU will help us to increase the diversity of the teaching force in New York City. As a teacher education program, our goal is to graduate new generations of teachers who will be superbly qualified to make our inner city schools models of academic rigor and success,” Cohen said.