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Eric Nadelstern

Professional Background

Educational Background

BA, Speech Education, CCNY, 1972
MA, TESOL, TC, 1973

Scholarly Interests

School District Reform and Restructuring;
Principal and Superintendent Preparation

Selected Publications

Nadelstern, Eric. 10 lessons from New York City Schools: What Really Works to Improve Education,TC Press, 2013.
To Be Strong Leaders, More Principals Need to Share Authority
How to be a Principal: 10 Lessons in Leadership
For Principals, Good Reason to 'Creatively Non-Comply'

curriculum vitae

ERIC NADELSTERN

98 Van Cortlandt Park South    H (718)796-0698    C (917)714-7154  
Bronx, NY 10463               E-mail:  nadelstern@aol.com

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, New York
Professor of Practice in Education Leadership, 2/11-Present
Co-Director of Reinventing Leadership Institute, 7/96-7/99

New Jersey State Department of Education
Trenton, New Jersey
Commissioner’s Transition Team, 2/11-Present

New York City Department of Education
New York, New York
Deputy Chancellor for Division of School Support and Instruction, 7/10-2/11
Chief Schools Officer, Division of School Support, 2/09-7/10
Chief Executive Officer for Empowerment Schools, 9/06-2/09
Chief Academic Officer for New Schools and Supervising Superintendent for the Autonomy Zone, 8/04-8/06
Senior Instructional Superintendent for School Improvement & Restructuring, 3/04-8/04

New York City Department of Education—Region 2
Bronx, New York
Deputy Regional Superintendent, 6/03 – 3/04

Office of Bronx High Schools
Bronx, New York
Deputy Superintendent for New & Small Schools, 8/01 – 6/03

The International High School at LaGuardia Community College
Long Island City, New York
Principal, 2/91 – 8/01 (Special Assignment to New Visions, 2/95 – 6/96)
Assistant Principal-in-Charge and Founder, 3/85 – 2/91

New Visions for Public Schools
Educational Consultant to New Visions Schools, 3/93 – 8/01
Principal-in-Residence, Annenberg Project, 2/95 – 6/96

Stanford University
Palo Alto, California
Summer Institutes on Small Schools Design, and Performance-Based Assessment
Co-Director, 7/00; Director, 7/01

Bank Street College of Education
New York, New York
Department of Educational Leadership
Adjunct Instructor, 1/97 – 5/00

Division of High Schools – New York City Board of Education
Brooklyn, New York
Assistant Program Manager, Bilingual / ESL Programs, 4/81 – 3/85
Assistant Central Supervisor, Summer PREP Program, 1983 – 86
Staff Development Specialist, ESL Unit, 9/79 – 4/81

DeWitt Clinton High School
Bronx, New York
Foreign Language Department
Teacher of English as a Second Language, 2/72 – 9/79


EDUCATION

Master of Arts, Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages,
    Teachers College, Columbia University, 1973

Bachelor of Arts, Speech Education,
    The City College, The City University of New York, 1972


CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES

New York State Permanent Certificates
    School District Administrator
    School Administrator and Supervisor
    Teacher of Speech

New York State Certificate of Continuing Eligibility
    Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages

New York City Licenses
    Principal of a Day High School
    Principal of an Independent Alternative High School
    Assistant Principal (Administration), Day High School
    Teacher of Speech, Day High School
    Teacher of English as a Second Language, Secondary School


AWARDS

    PS 130 HERNANDO DESOTO Leadership Award, 2007
International Partnership Recognition Award, 2004
Anti-Defamation League Recognition Award, 1991
    Angelo Patri School Award for School-Based Management, 1991
    NYS TESOL Distinguished Service Award, 1989
    NYS TESOL Creative Leadership Award, 1985
    New York State Regents Scholarship Recipient, 1967



AFFILIATIONS

Commissioner’s Bilingual Advisory Council
CUNY ESL Council
CUNY Language Forum
New York State Association for Bilingual Education
New York State Council on Languages
New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

PUBLICATIONS

“To Be Strong Leaders, More Principals Need to Share Authority,”  NewYork Times SchoolBook,  November 4, 2011.

“ How to Be a Principal: 10 Lessons in Leadership,” NewYork Times SchoolBook,  October 13, 2011.

“For Principals,  Good reason to ‘Creatively Non-Comply’, ’’ NewYork Times SchoolBook, September 23, 2011.

Co-author, “Student Empowerment through the Professional Development of
Teachers,” in Paradigm Debates in Curriculum and Supervision,
 Bergin & Garvey, 2000.

“Here’s an Alternative to Regents Exams, New York Newsday, January 25, 2000.

“School Contract Talks Over Time,” The Empowered Learning Newsletter,
    December 26, 1999.

“Performance-Based Assessment Standards for ESOL Students and Their
    Teachers, Idiom, XX1X : 2, 1999.

Contributor, Into the Academic Mainstream: Guidelines for Teaching Language Minority Students Instructional Resource Center/The City University of New York, 1992.

Editor and Contributor, Family: An Interdisciplinary Resource Unit, Umoja Unity High School at The Door, 1991.

Contributor, Insights: Thoughts on the Process of Being International, The International High School at LaGuardia Community College / The City University
    of New York, 1990.

Contributor, Beyond High School Graduation Requirements:
What Do Students Need to Learn at The International High School?  LaGuardia Community College/The City University of New York, 1989.

Coauthor, “After Three Years: A Status Report on The
International High School,” LaGuardia Community College /
The City University of New York, 1988.

Contributor, The International Approach: Learning English Through Content Area Study (Volume II), The International High School at LaGuardia Community College/
    The City University of New York, 1988.

“From TESOL ‘87 in Miami,” Idiom, XVII: 2, 1987.

Contributor, The International Approach: Learning English Through Content Area Study (Volume I), The International High School at LaGuardia Community College /
    The City University of New York, 1987.

“Is Frank Smith Frightening?,” Selected Articles from the TESOL
Newsletter (1966 - 1983), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, 1986.

“The International High School at LaGuardia Community College:
Bridging the Gap,” Bilingual/ESL Newsletter 1:1, 1986.

Contributor, Language Policy Task Force Report:
Recommendations for the Implementation of the Board of
Education’s Language Policy Resolution, New York City Board of Education, 1986.

“Assessing Bilingual/ESL Programs in the New York City Public High School System,” Selected Papers from the 1985 Annual Conference of the CUNY ESL Council, The City University of New York, 1986.

“Beyond K-12 Certification,” Idiom XV:3, 1985.

Editor and Contributor, Model Lesson Plans: A Resource Guide for Language Teachers in Alternative High Schools/Programs, New York City Board of Education, 1985.

“TESOL ‘85 in New York City: The Promise and the Challenge,” Idiom, XV: 1, 1985.

“Confessions of a Conference Enthusiast,” Secondary School Interest Section Newsletter, V: 2, 1983.

“From the Honor Rolls,” ESL/NLA/MLA Newsletter, X: 2, 1981:

Co-author, Selected Secondary School ESL Materials: An Annotated Bibliography,
     New York City Board of Education, 1979.

Writing English as a Second Language: A Guide for Teachers, New York City Board of Education, 1979.

“Implications of Regents Competency Testing for ESL Curricula,” ESL/NLA/MLA
    Newsletter, IX: 1, 1979.

biographical information

Eric Nadelstern is a Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership at Teachers College/Columbia University.  Prior to accepting this position, he was the Deputy Chancellor for the Division of School Support and Instruction for the New York City Department of Education from 2009-11, overseeing instructional and operational support to the city's 1700 schools.

Mr. Nadelstern has also served the New York City Public Schools as Chief Schools Officer for the Division of School Support; 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; Supervising Superintendent for the Autonomy Zone; Chief Academic Officer for New Schools; Senior Instructional Superintendent for School Improvement and Restructuring; Deputy Regional Superintendent for Region 2 in the East Bronx; and Deputy Superintendent for New and Small Bronx High Schools. As the founding Principal of the International High School at LaGuardia Community College, he created an innovative public secondary school for English Language Learners that has been widely replicated throughout the city and around the country.

During his tenure with the New York City Schools, Mr. Nadelstern served in institute leadership roles at New Visions for Public Schools, Stanford University, Teachers College at Columbia University and Bank Street College of Education.  Mr. Nadelstern has been recognized for his contributions in the classroom by the New York City Schools, Angelo Patri School Award for School-Based Management, the Anti-Defamation League, and the International Partnership Award. Mr. Nadelstern has been the author and the subject of numerous articles and interviews on his recent work creating a critical mass of new small schools to increase student performance, establishing school-based autonomy as a school district reform strategy to foster greater accountability for student achievement results, and reforming central office operations in the largest school district in the nation.