The 2004-2005 school year begins for New York City’s K-12 students on Mon., Sept. 13. Facing students, parents, teachers and administrators are a range of complex issues, including curriculum development, governance, budgeting, Regents Exams, and the role of charter schools. New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and its Institute for Education and Social Policy have an array of faculty experts who can provide insight into how these matters will play out in the upcoming school year (see below). Reporters interested in speaking with any of these professors should contact James Devitt at (212) 998-6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARK ALTER, Department of Teaching and Learning Areas of Expertise: curriculum, special education, teacher education
RICHARD ARUM, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Areas of Expertise: law and education, school discipline, school-to-work
CAROL ASCHER, Institute for Education and Social Policy Areas of Expertise: charter schools, privatization initiatives, school facilities
JANE ASHDOWN, Department of Teaching and Learning Areas of Expertise: early literacy
SARAH BECK, Department of Teaching and Learning Areas of Expertise: adolescent literacy
SHARRON DALTON, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health Areas of Expertise: nutrition and childhood obesity
NORM FRUCHTER, Institute for Education and Social Policy Areas of Expertise: district-level reform, reducing the achievement gap, and analysis of student, school and district outcome data
JOSEPH MCDONALD, Department of Teaching and Learning Area of Expertise: School reform, small high schools
PEDRO NOGUERA, Department of Teaching and Learning Areas of Expertise: school violence, urban school reform, race and ethnic relations, parent and community involvement
AMY ELLEN SCHWARTZ, Institute for Education and Social Policy Areas of Expertise: education finance, immigrants and education, evaluation and performance , governance, budgeting
MARCELO SUAREZ-ORAZCO, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Areas of Expertise: immigration and education, multicultural education
MITCHELL STEVENS, Humanities and Social Sciences Areas of Expertise: home schooling, college admissions
BOB TOBIAS, director, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Areas of Expertise: testing, teacher education
JONATHAN ZIMMERMAN, Steinhardt School of Education Areas of Expertise: bilingual education, creationism and evolution, history of education, multiculturalism, school prayer, standards and testing
EDITOR’S NOTE The Steinhardt School of Education is a rich source of ground-breaking scholarship on issues of national and global significance and innovation in research, teaching, practice and performance. The school prepares students to be educators, health professionals, counselors and psychologists, academics, musicians, artists, communication specialists and policy analysts. The Steinhardt School values its location in New York City, where it is engaged in research, partnerships and community service aimed at improving urban life and the city’s institutions.