Helping Kids Learn and Lead: An Interview with Kaya Henderson; Former Chancellor, DC Schools

NYU Steinhardt kicked off its Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series on February 7th, with ‘What Will It Take?’, a talk by Kaya Henderson. Best known for the her role as former chancellor of the Washington, D.C. public schools, Henderson has worked for three decades in schools, school districts, and international communities. Her tenure at the DC schools from 2010 – […]

More Than Just A Coat of Paint

A school’s environment sends a message about the value of the school’s community and the importance of education. Do drab, dark colors create a different feeling for students and staff than warm and vibrant ones? Can paint transform institutional (at times even prison-like) spaces into safer, more welcoming centers of learning? Publicolor, a youth development […]

Investing in Children’s Early Years: An Interview with Research Professor Lisa Gennetian

Lisa Gennetian is a research professor at Steinhardt’s Institute for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC). Gennetian studies poverty and policy research, income instability, and children’s development.  In 2015, she launched the beELL initiative; a program that applies insights from behavioral economics to enhance the impacts of early childhood interventions. She is co-principal investigator on a large randomized control study […]

Afterschool Program Environments Linked to Academic Confidence and Skills

Afterschool programs with positive, responsive, and organized environments can have academic benefits for students, finds a new NYU Steinhardt study. Young people growing up in urban, low-income communities spend significant time in publicly funded afterschool programs. Unlike schools, which grow increasingly segregated and involve more individual instruction as children grow older, afterschool programs are spaces […]

What North Carolina and Pennsylvania Families Are Teaching Us About Stress and Our Environment

A small sample of saliva can hold a treasure trove of data: levels of the “stress hormone” cortisol, exposure to secondhand smoke, and even a person’s DNA. When combined with information about a child’s home, school, and neighborhood, these measures can unlock an understanding about how stress and other environmental factors influence children’s health. Experiences […]

Yoshikawa Leads Consensus Statement on Undocumented Youth and Families

In the United States, 5.3 million children and adolescents are growing up either with unauthorized status or with at least one parent who has that status. Until recently, little research has informed policy debates related to unauthorized status – including those about border enforcement, deportation, and a pathway to citizenship – despite the importance of […]

Steinhardt Researchers Awarded More Than $4 Million to Study School Interventions in Chicago and New York

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, has awarded NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development more than $4 million to fund research examining the long-term outcomes of two proven educational interventions. The studies seek to understand whether structured programs in preschool, kindergarten, and first […]