Presented by Philanthropy New York’s special committee Philanthropy Connects, together with the Donors’ Education Collaborative (DEC), Public Education Grantmakers Network (PEGNET), The New York Community Trust, The Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All funders interested in education in New York State.
Commissioner Steiner will lay out his key priorities as head of the State Education Department to improve teaching effectiveness in public schools (K-12) across the state. He will focus his remarks on these crucial questions:
- What does “State Ed” identify as the core elements of effective teaching?
- How will it help districts and schools measure and support effective teaching?
- What state policies can – or already do? – assist schools and districts ensure that they are providing effective teaching across the curriculum for their students who are not fluent in English?
- How can the state help districts make sure that they have effective teaching in all their schools, including the highest-needs ones?
Commissioner Steiner came to State Ed from Hunter College, where he served as Dean of the School of Education. At Hunter, he helped build a dynamic and diverse teacher preparation program for public school teachers and principals, one that markedly strengthened the Teaching English as a Second Language program. He also led a national partnership that created a teacher preparation program geared to the unique challenges of urban schools. Prior to Hunter, he served as the Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts where he worked not only to strengthen teacher preparation but also to develop assessment and accountability systems to evaluate learning outcomes.