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SFUSD announces partnership with NYU Steinhardt’s Technology-Enhanced Teacher Education Program

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The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has begun a partnership with NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Applicants are invited to apply for the new San Francisco Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching (SF EMAT), a one-year residency program for teacher education.

“We know from experience that thorough teacher preparation is key to supporting teachers to be successful in our classrooms,” says Brent Stephens, SFUSD’s Chief Academic Officer for Curriculum and Instruction.

“We are especially excited that the SF EMAT program will put SFUSD on the cutting edge of teacher residency models. The program thoughtfully supports student teachers to develop their skills in many ways—through online learning; in-person support; and rich, guided teaching experiences with our students.”

SFUSD is joining the NYU program after EMAT’s successful first year.

The EMAT teacher residency program enables its students to earn graduate degrees by pairing technology-enhanced coursework with full-time residency experiences in urban schools.

Throughout the program, SF EMAT student teachers will be supported by NYU faculty located in New York and in San Francisco and by experienced SFUSD classroom teachers in partner schools. As student teachers learn the essential skills and competencies for teaching, they gradually gain responsibilities in the classroom, including planning lessons and assessing student progress, ultimately assuming full responsibility for their class in the spring.

“Research shows that the strongest way to prepare effective teachers is through immersive experiences in schools, which is why we designed the program to ensure our students spend their time embedded in middle and high schools,” said Diana Turk, director of teacher education at NYU Steinhardt.

Research also shows that teacher residency programs prepare teachers who are not only highly effective in the classroom, but also are more likely to stay in high-need schools.

SFUSD’s partnership with NYU Steinhardt is one of many initiatives—like Pathway to Teaching San Francisco Teacher Residency, new teacher coaching, and National Board Certification—to recruit, support and retain great teachers in SFUSD classrooms.  

Learn more about this opportunity to become a secondary English, social studies, math, or science teacher through a one-year residency program and earn a master’s degree in teaching in just one year, while receiving a stipend and learning to teach in SFUSD. The EMAT program starts this July, and there are 15 spots available in this new teacher pathway program.

Join SFUSD leadership and NYU Steinhardt faculty for a virtual information session on Tuesday, May 9, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Email admissions@teachereducation.steinhardt.nyu.edu to RSVP and to get information on how to join this virtual information session.

More information about the EMAT program here.


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Page updated on 05/04/17