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This course should be a requirement for every New York City public school teacher."

-High School Placement Counselor

 

“The Institute helped me further understand the underpinnings that shape the nature of my work. It is the best investment I have made thus far as a student at Teachers College.” 

-M.A. Candidate, Sociology and Education

 

An excellent introduction to the legal issues that contextualize the private and public education systems we work in. A must for administrators.” 

-Public School Teacher

 

I feel empowered by the issues we discussed during the institute. These are issues that not only affect schools, but our personal lives as well.”

-M.A. Candidate, Early Childhood Special Education

 

Outstanding. I have been attending school law seminars for years, and none can touch the breadth or depth of this program.

-Principal

 

The single most important, relevant, and thought-provoking course I’ve taken at TC.”—

- Ph.D. Candidate, Science Education

 

“Teaching is an incredibly demanding profession. The School Law Institute provides an understanding of the complex system of rules which frame our reality.”

-Ph.D Candidate, Education

 

I found the course incredibly empowering, and I left every session energized.”

-Anonymous

 

"gained a comprehensive understanding of key topics in education law and policy. I am motivated and inspired to positively impact the field of education and the laws and policies that drive outcomes as a result of this rich experience.”

-Third Grade Teacher; Doctoral Candidate, Applied Behavior Analysis

 

Very possibly the best course I've taken in 25 years.

-Professor

 

“The School Law Institute provided an invigorating overview of key issues facing educators today, exploring ideas and providing real guidance through stimulating discussion and inspiring teachers and speakers. I would recommend it to anyone working in schools or concerned in any way about education.”

–Child Advocate and Lawyer

 

The Institute managed in a mere five days to hit on all the hot button issues facing education and educators."

-School Board Member
 

“As I continue my career in education policy, this survey of education related law is extremely helpful context.”

-Education Consultant

 

The School Law Institute provides incredibly practical information on a wide array of issues that every educator, lawyer, policymaker, parent…would benefit from knowing” 

-M. Ed. Candidate, Politics and Education 

 

Finally, a comprehensive School Law Institute with outstanding expert presenters who examine recent developments in school law and the impact on our educational practice.”

-Assistant Superintendent

 

“This was a week well spent, full of informative and provoking sessions with national leaders in education.” 

-Policy Analyst

 

The best of the best! Sessions were very informative and useful. Wish law school had been like this!” 

-School Attorney

 

“[The School Law Institute] offered an invaluable experience. The practitioners and/or experts in the field of education were informative, useful, relevant, and significant for learning from the past, preparing for today’s educational environment, and encouraging proactive participation for tomorrow. I enjoyed the institute tremendously.”  

-High School Teacher 

 

“One of the most applicable classes I’ve taken at TC!”

-College Access Professional

 

The Law Institute modeled everything we know is true about great instruction! As a district administrator, all of the information presented is practical and applicable to my job on a daily basis."

-District Administrator, Fairfield Public Schools 

 

“I had hoped to gain some knowledge, but this has reinvigorated me and far exceeded my expectations.” 

-Ed.D Candidate, Urban Education Leadership Program

 

The School Law Institute not only provides an overview of current school law and issues, but does what few classes can- it teaches application of these laws, allowing the participants to truly grasp the importance and effects of what is being taught.” 

-Teacher, Special Education

 

I walked away feeling hopeful....” 

-Ed. D. Candidate, Urban Education Leadership Program

 

What a phenomenal week! I have taken part in many professional development programs, and this has been one of the best. This should be a required course for all teachers. Thought-provoking and well-organized. It was a week very well spent.

-High School English Teacher 

 

“The Institute covers a massive variety of topics in a short, but unbelievably effective manner.” ”

-Teacher and Mentor 

 

I’ve learned so much that is valuable to my major and future job. A policy maker will need to know about education law issues and this class provided so much useful information in a fun and engaging way.”

-M.A. Candidate, Education Leadership, Policy, and Politics

 

As a lawyer and prospective teacher, this course was invaluable. The topics are not only interesting, but essential to every teacher’s knowledge base.”

-Attorney 

 

“I firmly believe that this institute has prepared me for my career as a future educator.”

-M.A. Candidate, Science Education

 

This course should be a requirement for all who operate under the TC umbrella! It was absolutely fascinating, relevant, and full of crucial information on the teaching profession.”  

-Teacher, Special Education

 

The School Law Institute inspires confidence in the capacity of our educational and legal systems to lead intelligently with important issues/challenges.”  

-Public School Administrator

 

This Institute should be required for superintendents, principals, board members, and other policy makers.”  

-Superintendent

As a teacher in the NYC public school system, the information I acquired will benefit not only my classroom practices but can also help guide my school's policies.”  

-M.A. Candidate, Politics & Education

 

As a principal – aspiring superintendent – this course has been invaluable.”  

-School Principal, Urban Education Leadership Program  

 

“The Institute provides a structured, rich experience, materials and 'training' in one place, in a relatively short time.”  

-Educator and Administrator

 

“The School Law Institute served as the nexus between varying groups in education and as a wonderful introduction to my graduate studies. I recommend the Institute to all people involved in, passionate about, or advocates of sound education.”

-M.A. Candidate, Education Policy

 

Every issue we touched upon this week is an issue that we have dealt with over the last couple of years. I feel more confident in my knowledge of these topics now.

-Teacher, Special Education

 

The institute is a great introduction to national issues in education.”

-High School Teacher; M.A. Candidate, Leadership, Policy & Politics

 

“This was so helpful and engaging for anyone interested in school policy or law. I highly recommend it. It was both practical and intellectually stimulating.

-Middle School Social Studies Teacher

 

The School Law Institute is an informative, cogent, and interesting experience that is immediately applicable for the practice of teachers and school leaders.”  

-Teacher, Fairfield Public Schools

 

“As a teacher with an undergraduate degree in education policy, this was enormously helpful and engaging. No matter your background, you can learn something new.”

-Uncommon Schools Kindergarten Teacher

 

The School Law Institute was a wonderful and unique experience. I learned so much about a variety of legal issues affecting education from a range of dynamic, engaging professionals.

-M.A. Candidate, Education Policy

 

“The institute brought forth a wide range of legal implications and solutions to a host of important issues in education.”

-Policy intern, The College Board; M.A. Candidate, Sociology and Education

 

“The institute provides a wonderful opportunity for professional development through access with current topics, law, and research.

-Professor, Suffolk University

 

I could not have predicted the extraordinary breadth of issues we were lucky to be exposed to.

-Ed.D Candidate, Urban Education Leadership Program

 

“This experience has been an extraordinary opportunity! My perspective on a number of issues has been defined. Prior to attending the institute, I was indifferent or uninformed on a number of issues despite my strong passion for educational equity. However, the readings, lectures, and insight from peers have helped to develop my perspective on a number of issues. This experience has definitely strengthened my critical thinking, honed my communication skills, and pushed me to be more reflective about the complexities in this education reform movement."”  

-Anonymous

 

The School Law Institute has been officially endorsed by the National School Boards Association.