Major New Research Alliance to Study Improvement in City Schools


NYU to Host New Center; Executive Director Appointed; Initial Funding Secured from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ford Foundation

Taking a major new step to advance school improvement in New York, stakeholders from across the city have formed the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University, a non-partisan applied research center that is independent of city government and the Department of Education. Utilizing recent advances in education science and drawing on the expertise of the city’s and the nation’s top researchers, the Research Alliance hopes to be a source of valid and reliable evidence both about the challenges of providing a high quality education for all students and about the effectiveness of promising strategies aimed at addressing those challenges.

Housed within NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the Research Alliance will have close academic connections to other NYU schools - the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service - as well as to Columbia Teachers College and CUNY, and will work to forge connections with other research universities nationally. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and United Federation of Teachers Vice President Leo Casey joined other members of the Research Alliance to make the announcement.

The Alliance today announced that it has named Dr. James Kemple as executive director. Kemple, formerly director of K-12 Education Policy at MDRC, a natio 500

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