WEST PALM BEACH — The Palm Beach County School District 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 Palm Beach County schools 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 teachers in schools and delivering an intensive online curriculum — in order to give future teachers the foundational experience they need.”
Approximately 15 NYU Steinhardt students will be embedded in Palm Beach County classrooms during the 2019-20 school year. The program has the potential to create a pipeline of highly qualified teachers for the school district.
“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 district. “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 to prepare secondary English, math, social studies, science and special education teachers with structured, full-time residency experiences. Students complete their coursework under NYU Steinhardt faculty guidance in tandem with observed classroom instruction and one-on-one student contact. Throughout the program, students are supported by both NYU Steinhardt faculty and experienced classroom teachers in their local schools.
For more information on the NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency model, those interested can attend an information session on Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 – 6:15 p.m. at the PEW Center, which is located at 9480 MacArthur Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens. A second event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit teachereducation.steinhardt.nyu.edu.