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Eric Nadelstern

ERIC NADELSTERN (M.A. '73), is Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership in TC's Educational Leadership programs in the Department of Organization and Leadership. He also is Director of TC's Summer Principals Academy in New York City. From 2009-2011, he served as Deputy Chancellor for the Division of School Support and Instruction for the New York City Department of Education. Previously he was the Deputy Chancellor , overseeing instructional and operational support to the city’s 1700 schools. Nadelstern's distinguished career with NYC DOE included serving as Chief Executive Officer for Empowerment Schools, a citywide district reform initiative serving 500 schools that accepted performance contracting in return for major decision-making authority. He was also founding Principal of the International High School at LaGuardia Community College, an innovative public secondary school for English Language Learners that has been widely replicated throughout the city and around the country.  Nadelstern has received the Angelo Patri School Award for School-Based Management and the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Partnership Award. He is the author of 10 Lessons from New York City Schools: What Really Works to Improve Education.


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Premiered on 11/3/2013

About the Series

In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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