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New York's Education Commissioner and Regents Chancellor Will Speak at TC


New York

TC alumna Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

New York

David Steiner, the new Commissioner of Education for New York State

David Steiner, the new Commissioner of Education for New York State, and TC alumna Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, will present their vision for statewide education at Teachers College’s Milbank Chapel on November 30.
The event—the First Annual Phyllis L. Kossoff Policy Lecture —will take place from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. It will be moderated by TC President Susan Fuhrman, with two TC faculty members—A. Lin Goodwin, Associate Dean of Teacher Education, and Aaron Pallas, Professor of Sociology and Education—serving as respondents.
Steiner, who also serves as President of the University of the State of New York, was formerly Dean of the Hunter College School of Education at the City University of New York. In that role, he increased enrollment, expanded and strengthened programs, and led a national partnership with the KIPP Academies, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First and Teach for America.  Known as Teacher U at Hunter, the partnership has gained national attention for rethinking what rigorous teacher preparation looks like. 
Steiner is the author or editor of four books and more than 100 journal articles, papers, reports, chapters on education reform, teacher preparation, teacher quality and curriculum development  He has worked as a consultant to the National Council on Teacher Quality and served as a member of the New York Board of Regents Work Group on Improving the Preparation of Teachers for Urban Schools.
Tisch, a former first grade teacher, was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents in April, 1996 and reelected to five-year terms in 2001 and 2006. She was elected Vice Chancellor by her colleagues in 2007 and Chancellor this past April. She co-chairs the Board of Regents Committee on Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education.
Tisch also is chairperson of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and has previously chaired the Mt. Sinai Children’s Center Foundation. She serves on the executive committees of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the UJA-Federation of New York, the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Citizens Budget Commission. Additionally, she serves on the board of The Trust for Cultural Resources of the City of New York. She was appointed to the Graduate School of Education’s Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and has been a board member of both Barnard College and the Dalton School.
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