Last year, Nasrin Jafari (BA ’17) stood on the stage of Radio City Music Hall at Steinhardt’s Baccalaureate Ceremony and delivered a commencement address to her fellow graduates. This year, she is behind the scenes organizing Frontier 2018, a K-12 education conference designed to leverage the expertise of New York City’s education community to lead effective school reform. The conference on Saturday, April 7th, will feature panel discussions on topics such as school leadership, entrepreneurial education, community organizing, and arts activism. Steinhardt faculty members, Dipti Desai, director of the Graduate Art + Education program, and Carol Ann Spreen, associate professor of international education, will be presenting their research.
Jafari, a middle school teacher, administrator, and aspiring education reformer, sees Frontier 2018 is the beginning of a long term, community-led reform movement that will leverage the expertise of New York City’s education ecosystem to make changes in the public schools. Through a serious of roundtable discussions and talks, attendees will explore how cross sector collaboration can lead to holistic reform.
Reflecting on her year after graduating from Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning, Jafari said, “As an education major, you spend a lot of time in college discussing theory. In the working world, I have learned how to put theory into action.”