Human-Centered Design in Action: Learning Lab

Depiction of the iterative human-centered design process.

What are the needs, challenges, and best practices for building capacity with under-resourced nonprofit organizations that promote equity? The NYU Metro Center in partnership with TSNE MissionWorks is conducting a Learning Lab to explore this question. Within this work, NYU Metro Center is leading a national field scan of capacity building organizations and conducting in-depth […]

The Mastery Collaborative Approach: Student Centered, Culturally Responsive, and Competency-Based

Students and teacher sitting on coach in a school smiling at the camera

NYU Metro Center is working with the Mastery Collaborative to conduct the Culturally Responsive Mastery-Based Education Research Project (CR-MBE) which aims to understand how culturally responsive mastery-based practices influence historically marginalized students’ learning, school engagement, and academic outcomes. Check out the blog post below to learn more about the significance of this research. This blog […]

The Renewal Schools Program Wasn’t a Failure, It Was a Lesson

Two elementary age female students working on a lesson in a classroom with teacher partially in frame.

Earlier this week, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the much expected news that the city will evolve its efforts to improve its troubled schools. The news does not come as a surprise. On Friday, October 26, 2018, The New York Times published a story about how New York City knew some of its Renewal […]

What the Crisis in Venezuela Teaches Us about Education

Venezuelan Student waving Venezuelan flag on street as military vehicles approach

On October 28, 2017, NYU Metro Center brought together a panel of experts to discuss ways that educators can help resolve one of the world’s most pressing problems: the global suffering of hurting people. Following the event, we published an article on the NYU Metro Center blog, titled Marching Closer to Our North Stars: Notes […]

Moving Beyond the Match: Future Directions for Research and Policies Promoting Diversity Within the K-12 Educator Workforce

black female teacher looking at the front of a grad school classroom.

Diversity matters for student learning. Representation matters. It is a difficult task to identify anyone working within the education ecosystem—whether they be a teacher, school leader, policymaker, researcher, or advocate—without a strong stance on these claims. Ever since the Supreme Court concluded that integration is in children’s best interest for educational progress, there have been […]

Real Integration and Equity in New York City Schools

Students gathering at the steps of a statehouse

Today, New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) took another small step toward equity and one giant leap toward integration, with the release of the initial recommendations by the School Diversity Advisory Group (SDAG), of which NYU Metro Center is a member. The report, titled Making the Grade: The Path to Real Integration and […]

Is New York City’s Plan to Diversify Specialized High Schools Racist toward Asian Americans?

Group of Asian American parents protesting against admissions changes in New York City Specialized High Schools.

As a biracial Black and Chinese American, I’ve always been aware of the polarizing histories and experiences that I carry in my body. At times it was confusing. When I was very young, I distinctly remember looking at mother and asking, “Mom, why are you White?” Born in a society where one is racialized in […]

Disproportionality and Punishment: A CRE Approach to School Discipline

A student walking alone up a flight of school house stairs

The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) recently released its annual data report on school discipline for the 2017-2018 school year. Following a trend of three consecutive years since data have been reported, Black and Latinx New York City public school students were once again disproportionately suspended last school year. Despite comprising 67 […]

Introducing the Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard: A Tool to Evaluate Curriculum

With the release of the Culturally Responsive Curriculum Scorecard, parents, community members, educators, and organizers can find out whether curriculum in their schools is culturally responsive or culturally destructive. This is a much-needed resource that adds to an emerging toolbox to measure culturally responsiveness in the classroom. Curriculum plays an essential role in students’ lives, […]

Journey Forward: The New York State’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework

table that represents the culturally-responsive-sustaining education model.

On Monday, January 14, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) marked its journey forward by presenting its Cultural Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework to the New York State Board of Regents. It was likely one of the most important steps in New York State education history. As some people know, NYU Metro Center is a leading […]