New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

NYU Steinhardt Says, "Judge for Yourself," Releases Teacher Training Materials for Public Viewing

June 10, 2013
360


In an effort to educate prospective students, future employers of its graduates, and the public, the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development today released a wide breadth of materials showcasing the school’s teacher training programs and evaluation methods.

“We are releasing this information because transparency is critically important in evaluating teacher programs,” said Mary Brabeck, dean of NYU Steinhardt. “We understand that teacher preparation is a complex developmental process. However, we want to bring attention to Steinhardt’s deliberate and conscientious effort to assess our programs and make the results transparent.”

Steinhardt’s comprehensive site, “Teacher Education at Steinhardt,” offers a broad inventory of the school’s teacher education programming and assessment practices. It contains course syllabi, professors’ biographies, candidate quality data, analyses of graduates’ teaching, assessments of graduates’ K-12 pupils’ learning, testimonials, graduates’ surveys, and an in depth look at Steinhardt’s outcome data showing its effectiveness in training teachers.

“We all need to know that teacher education programs are producing excellent teachers before they assume responsibility for a classroom,” said Brabeck. “That’s what we are doing and we want the public to see how we are doing it at Steinhardt.”

The issue of how to train students to become effective teachers, and evaluating programs that do this work, is an ongoing debate within the education community. Organizations like the National Council for Teacher Quality (NCTQ), the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the soon-to-be Commission for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) continue to focus their efforts on tackling the issue; each organization is taking a different approach.

NCTQ and U.S. News and World Report are slated to release rankings of teacher education programs throughout the country. However, NCTQ’s methodology raises concerns about the meaning of the rankings.

“We don’t agree with NCTQ’s approach because we believe that teacher education is a dynamic and developmental process that can’t be judged simply based on syllabi and textbooks,” Brabeck said.

In a memo to U.S News Editor Brian Kelly and NCTQ President Kate Walsh, titled, "NCTQ Standards: Identifying the Methodology," Dean Brabeck, in conjunction with 35 chief academic officers from the education schools of the Association of American Universities (AAU), expressed concerns relating to the process of the evaluation. Letters from the Council of Great City Schools and Chancellors of the California State University System, the University System of Maryland, and the State University System of New York also raised concerns about NCTQ’s data collection process.

“We applaud all efforts to turn attention to improving teacher education." said Susan Neuman, former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education and chair of Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning. “But we take our commitment too seriously to have our efforts evaluated in a simplistic way. We hope our transparency will encourage other programs to stand by their work. We are eager to collaborate on how to develop a reliable methodology for evaluation of all teacher education programs.”

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development (@nyusteinhardt)
Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, 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: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu.

                                                                                    ###

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Type: Press Release

NYU Steinhardts Says, "Judge for Yourself," Releases Teacher Training Materials for Public Viewing

Search News



NYU In the News

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

A Globalizer for N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi

The New York Times profiled Bill Bragin who will become the first executive artistic director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s new performing arts center.

Think Tank to Ponder a Future for Ballet

The New York Times profiled Jennifer Homans, the director of NYU’s new Center for Ballet and the Arts.

The Brilliant Ten: Jonathan Viventi Builds Devices That Decode Thoughts

Popular Science named Assistant Bioengineering Professor Jonathan Viventi as one of its “brilliant ten” for his research into brain implants that could one day halt epileptic episodes:

Living and Leaving the Dream: Adrian Cardenas’ Journey from the Major Leagues to College

The New York Times ran a feature on Adrian Cardenas, a former major league baseball player who is now studying philosophy and creating writing at NYU.

NYU Footer