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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 district-wide.”


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.


Follow these links to learn more about the EMAT program, including 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 teachers.


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 sciences.


“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 environment. 


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 countries.


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.

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