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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Is Public School Curriculum Still Whites Only?

Do an internet search for children’s books by or about people of color, and you will find dozens of lists with hundreds of books, including the 1,000 Black Girl Books compiled by 13-year old Marley Dias. In fact, if you search “children’s book author” together with any number of diverse ethnicities, in seconds you can […]

A Framework For Integration Rooted In Racial Justice

“I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply…We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know that we will win. But I’ve come to believe we’re integrating into a burning house.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. King’s remarks remain deeply relevant in today’s integration debate. His […]

Articulating a Strength-Based Agenda of Advocacy for Young Immigrant Children and Families

What would it mean to view young immigrant children and their families through lenses of strength, courage, promise, and possibility, instead of deficit, need, risk, and remediation? What if we, as educators, administrators, curriculum developers, policymakers, researchers, and activists, conducted our work on behalf of and with immigrant children and families with creativity, curiosity, and […]

Reform elite high schools, but the real equity fight is much broader

At long last, the big policy issues related to race, educational equity and access in New York’s public schools are finally on the front burner. However, despite the attention, many of the most important issues remain obscured. Mayor de Blasio’s decision to revise the admission criteria used by New York’s top ranked exam schools has […]

The Costs of Equity, The Bill We Refuse to Pay: Why Integrating NYC’s Specialized High Schools Is the Right Thing to Do?

Photos of students in school hallway

On Saturday, June 2nd, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to “fix” the “diversity problem” plaguing the city’s specialized high schools. The plan by no measure is perfect, but I do believe that it can move us closer to equity in a system vexed by concentrations of privilege and the violence […]