The School District Partners with New York University to Prepare Teachers

NYUThe School District of Palm Beach County is partnering with New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to collaboratively prepare new teachers through an innovative teacher education program.

Now in its fourth year, NYU Steinhardt’s Teacher Residency enables students to earn graduate degrees by combining technology-enhanced coursework with full-time residency experiences in urban schools.

Because coursework and mentoring with NYU Steinhardt faculty take place online, students will be immersed in classrooms in the School District of Palm Beach County without having to physically be on a university campus.

“We are excited to be working with schools across the country to create new on-site learning communities that cultivate the next generation of teachers,” said Dominic Brewer, the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of NYU Steinhardt. “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.”

Approximately fifteen NYU Steinhardt students will be embedded in Palm Beach Lakes High School, JFK Middle School and Lake Shore Middle classrooms during the 2019-20 school year.  The program has the potential to create a pipeline of highly qualified teachers for the School District of Palm Beach County. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity to partner with NYU to identify, train, develop and support future teachers who want to work in urban school settings. Participants in the program will have an opportunity to earn their master’s degree while gaining valuable classroom experience, and the guarantee of a job in Palm Beach County after graduation,” said Dr. Gonzalo La Cava, Chief of Human Resources for the School District of Palm Beach County.   “We know that there is high demand for high-quality teachers, and this partnership with NYU is one way that we can ‘grow our own’ workforce in Palm Beach County.”

The 12-month graduate program blends online learning – a series of intensive academic modules designed to prepare secondary English, math, social studies, science, and special education teachers – with structured and full-time residency experiences. Using a platform developed by technology start-up HotChalk, students complete their coursework under NYU Steinhardt faculty guidance in tandem with observed classroom instruction and one-on-one student contact in order to hone their teaching skills.

Throughout the program, students are supported by both NYU Steinhardt faculty and experienced classroom teachers in their local schools. As students learn the essential skills and competencies for teaching, they gradually gain confidence and responsibilities in the classroom.

For more information on the NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency model, those interested  can attend an information session on Thursday, September 6, 2018, from 5:00 – 6:15 p.m. at the PEW Center, which is located at 9480 MacArthur Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403. A second event will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018. For more information,  please visit teachereducation.steinhardt.nyu.edu.

About New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development:
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media, and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School’s mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.