NYU partnership to help develop teaching staff
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 6, 2017) -- The City School
District of Albany has forged a new partnership with New York University
in its ongoing efforts to develop its teaching staff to better serve all
students and families.
The partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of
Culture, Education and Human Development will bring the Embedded Master
of Arts in Teaching Residency Program to the district beginning with the
2017-18 school year.
NYU Steinhardt’s EMAT program will provide an
opportunity for up to 15 aspiring middle and high school teachers to
participate each of the next two years. The partnership expands on
ongoing work NYU Steinhardt is doing with all district staff. Primary
goals of the new EMAT partnership are to continue to develop highly
qualified teachers, and to expand the racial and gender diversity of the
district’s teaching force at the secondary level.
“We are so fortunate to have this opportunity to
partner with New York University to introduce this exceptional teacher
residency program to Albany,” said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young
Wilkins, Ed.D. “Developing a highly competent teaching force that is
well-prepared to serve our diverse student population is an important
element in our overall strategy to raise achievement for all students
The district is planning an information session about
the EMAT program Thursday, April 13 at Stephen and
Harriet Myers Middle School. The session will be open to district staff
from 4-5 p.m., and to the entire community from 6-7 p.m.
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how to apply.
The application deadline is May 1. To be eligible,
candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and meet NYU Steinhardt’s
admissions requirements. Candidates cannot be currently certified
Online coursework begins in July and the residency
component begins in August in conjunction with activities leading up to
the start of school.
Candidates who successfully complete the year-long
program will be guaranteed teaching positions in the district for the
2018-19 school year as long as secondary openings are available in the
four core subject areas – English, math, social studies and the
“We are excited to be working with the City School
District of Albany and school districts across the country to create new
on-site learning communities that cultivate the next generation of
teachers,” said NYU Steinhardt Gale and Ira Drukier Dean Dominic Brewer.
“Research shows that immersive experiences in schools
are critical for preparing strong teachers. Our model marries practice
with theory – working hand-in-hand with seasoned classroom teachers in
schools and delivering an intensive online curriculum – in order to give
future teachers the foundational experience they need.”
The EMAT program builds on the district’s existing
partnership with NYU Steinhardt to provide all current staff members
with the knowledge and skills to support a culturally responsive
NYU Steinhardt’s training in culturally responsive
education (CRE) through the
New York State Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality
began at the start of the current school year and will
continue throughout 2017-18. All staff members will have multiple
opportunities to participate in CRE-related professional development.
Currently, about 12 percent of the district’s
approximately 760 full-time teachers are black, Hispanic or Asian. At
the secondary level (middle and high school), in the four core subject
areas 11 percent are teachers of color.
Nearly 80 percent of the district’s more than 9,600
students are students of color.
In addition to the district’s racial diversity,
district students speak 57 languages and come from more than 50
The EMAT program is designed for prospective teachers
from diverse backgrounds who are committed to educational equity,
respect diverse experiences and backgrounds, and want to make a
difference. The curriculum is designed to prepare teachers who are
highly effective in urban classrooms.
The program also will strive to increase gender
diversity in the core subject areas, Dr. Wilkins said. For example,
increasing the number of women teaching math and the sciences, and the
number of men teaching English.
The 12-month program blends online learning – a
series of intensive academic modules designed to prepare secondary
teachers in the core subject areas – with structured and full-time
residency experiences in district classrooms.
Candidates will use a platform developed by
technology start-up HotChalk
under NYU faculty guidance in tandem with observed classroom instruction
and one-on-one contact in order to hone their teaching skills.
Throughout the program, candidates will be supported
by both NYU faculty and experienced district teachers. As candidates
learn the essential skills and competencies for teaching, they gradually
gain confidence and responsibilities in the classroom.
In addition to their coursework, candidates will
begin the year observing mentor teachers in the classroom, and will
complete the year independently leading instruction.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and
career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community.
The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle
and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district
includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other
innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed
academies at Albany High School.