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To all,

Here is info on our new commissioner

As always,
Grace Wilkie


The New York State Board of Regents voted today to elect Dr. David Milton
Steiner as New York State Education Commissioner and President of the
University of the State of New York. The Regents took this action at their
July meeting held today in Buffalo.

Currently the Dean of the Hunter College School of Education at the City
University of New York, Dr. Steiner is best known for his leadership of the
national effort to transform teacher preparation and improve teacher

Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said, "It is not enough to simply raise
standards and hope for the best. Our teachers need to be prepared to help
kids meet and exceed these standards. Study after study confirms that
teacher quality is the most important factor under the control of schools in
boosting student performance. David Steiner has pushed the envelope,
challenged orthodoxy and developed rigorous evidence-based approaches that
help prepare and support teachers in a diverse range of settings to lead
their students to remarkable gains in achievement."

"In David Steiner the Regents have selected a bold and provocative education
reformer," said Vice Chancellor Milton Cofield, co-chair of the Board?s
Search Committee. "Steiner has deep hands-on experience in preparing
teachers, developing curriculum and honing assessment tools," added Regent
Anthony Bottar, who co-chaired the Search Committee.

As Dean of the School of Education at Hunter College, Dr. Steiner has led
the growth of one of the most dynamic and diverse teacher preparation
programs for public school teachers and principals in New York State. In
the spring of 2009 the School of Education enrolled 2585 students ? an
increase of 400 during his term as Dean. Under Dr. Steiner?s leadership
Hunter has dramatically expanded the school?s Special Education program,
strengthened the Teaching English as a Second Language program, as well as
the administration and training program for assistant principals, principals
and superintendents.

Each year more than 70 percent of School of Education graduates go on to
teach in public schools across New York State.

"I have dedicated my career to advancing the idea that with a strong core
curriculum and rigorous teacher preparation and support we can help students
in every school district achieve and succeed. For the past four years I
have put that idea into practice leading an institution that has prepared
many of the strongest teachers, principals and school administrators working
in districts across New York State today," said Dr. Steiner.

"I am honored to be selected by the Board of Regents and look forward to
working with them and school leaders in every district across New York as we
continue to raise standards, improve accountability and work to transform
the State Education Department into a hub of innovation and best practices
to boost student achievement," said Dr. Steiner.

At Hunter, Dr. Steiner led a national partnership with the KIPP Academies,
Uncommon Schools, Achievement First and Teach for America to create a
dedicated teacher preparation program for charter and non-charter school
teachers geared to the unique challenges of urban schools. Known as Teacher
U at Hunter, the partnership has gained national attention for rethinking
what rigorous teacher preparation looks like. This year Teacher U at Hunter
will begin a new partnership with the New York City Department of Education
to prepare 90 New York City Teaching Fellows in Special Education.

Dr. Steiner, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Education
and New Visions for Public Schools, has just launched a Teacher Residency
Program aimed at preparing public secondary school teachers in the sciences
and English Language Arts.

Prior to Hunter College, Dr. Steiner served as the Director of Arts
Education at the National Endowment for the Arts where he designed and
inaugurated the first national program to fund intensive teacher-preparation
to present major, complex works of art in classrooms; strengthened
assessment and accountability systems to evaluate learning outcomes in the
NEA?s arts grants programs; and worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center to
co-develop the Endowment?s first on-line jazz curriculum.

>From 1999?2004 Dr. Steiner was a professor at Boston University?s School of
Education where he taught in the Department of Administration, Training and
Policy Studies and the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. In addition
to his teaching and research, Dr. Steiner also served from 2002-2004 as the
Chairman of the Department of Education Policy. From 1990-1998 Dr. Steiner
served as Assistant Professor and Research Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt
University?s Department of Political Science and Peabody School of

He is the author or editor of four books including the upcoming *Retreat
from Judgment: The Limits of Educational Reform* and more than one hundred
journal articles, papers, reports, chapters on education reform, teacher
preparation, teacher quality and curriculum development as well as public
presentations on education reform. 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.

Dr. Steiner has a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and a
B.A. and M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from Balliol College at
Oxford University. He is 51 years old and lives in Manhattan with his wife,
Evelyne Ender, a professor of French at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate
Center. He has two grown step children. Steiner will relocate to Albany
upon assumption of his new role.

Steiner succeeds Richard P. Mills who retired on June 30th after fourteen
years as Commissioner. Steiner will be the 13th Education Commissioner to
serve the State since the position was created in 1904. His salary as
Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of
New York will be $250,000. He will assume his new post on October 1. Until
that time Carole Huxley will continue to serve as Interim Commissioner.

As Commissioner of Education, Steiner will serve as chief executive officer
of the State Education Department and as President of the University of the
State of New York (USNY). USNY is comprised of more than 7,000 public and
independent elementary and secondary schools; 270 public and independent
colleges and universities; 7,000 libraries; 900 museums; 25 public
broadcasting facilities; 3,000 historical repositories; 436 proprietary
schools; 48 professions encompassing more than 761,000 licensees plus
240,000 certified educators; and services for children and adults with

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