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Dr. Sarah E. Benis Scheier-Dolberg

Dr. Sarah E. Benis Scheier-Dolberg

Associate Director of the Urban Education Leaders Collaborative at Columbia University Teachers College

Dr. Sarah E. Benis Scheier-Dolberg, member of UELP's 2009 cohort, is the Associate Director of the Urban Education Leaders Collaborative (UELC) at Columbia University Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership, a differentiated professional development program that empowers educational leaders with relevant tangible skills required to lead in school systems facing unprecedented challenges. Dr. Benis Scheier-Dolberg works in partnership with urban district leaders in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Charlotte, and other major cities to develop and deliver professional development programming for district-level and building-level leaders that supports the development of leadership teams through experiential learning and collaborative decision-making. In her leadership work at the UELC, Dr. Benis Scheier-Dolberg creates collaborative spaces for leaders to learn, innovate, and improve decision-making within the context of complex, real-world leadership problems in urban education systems. UELC modules, co-authored by Dr. Benis Scheier-Dolberg, span a vast range of topics relevant and timely for urban education leaders.


As a doctoral student at UELP, Dr. Benis Scheier-Dolberg interned at the New York City Department of Education and Boston Public Schools. She co-chaired the Aspiring Superintendents Work Conference in 2011 at Teachers College, bringing together current and aspiring district leaders from around the country. Her dissertation research explored leadership practices that foster the professional growth of teachers of English learners in urban public schools. As a research consultant, Dr. Benis Scheier-Dolberg has written cases exploring the pressing and complex issues faced by urban school building leaders and district leaders for the Teachers College Urban Education Leaders Program and Urban Education Leaders Collaborative. She has also developed and supported online professional learning communities across multiple platforms for aspiring district leaders, school building leaders, and teachers.


Dr. Benis Scheier-Dolberg began her career as an educator serving as a Teaching Fellow for Citizen Schools in Boston and then moved to Japan to teach ESL. Earning an MAT at Tufts University in 2005, she holds teaching licenses in Social Studies and ESL. Dr. Benis Scheier-Dolberg also has an MEd in Urban Educational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College in 2000, earning high honors and a research award for her thesis exploring service learning in urban schools.

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