Division of Graduate Studies
Director of Communications
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For Immediate Release
New York, N.Y. – January 7, 2010 - Touro College’s Graduate Schools of Education and Psychology hosted leaders from the New York Charter School Center on December 29th for a session to discuss the growth and future teaching needs at charter schools in the New York metropolitan area. Touro College graduate students and alumni were in attendance.
There are currently 99 charter schools in New York City, and there will be 23 additional charter schools in September 2010, according to Aretha Miller, senior director of school supports at the New York Charter School Center.
Ms. Miller and Caryl Cohen, a certification consultant at the New York Charter School Center, discussed the types of teaching opportunities that exist at charter schools, and led a discussion about issues relating to charters schools such as curriculum development, teacher and student retention, parent engagement, and the high standards for how success is measured.
Dr. Anthony J. Polemeni, vice president of Touro College’s Division of Graduate Studies, who has developed curricula for charter schools, said, “We look forward to partnering with charter schools because they are the wave of the future. Our students graduate with the tools to create programs and curricula that are specifically geared toward charter schools.”
Dr. George Cohen, professor in the Graduate School of Education, who convened the event, said, “Charter schools have very high standards and excellent reputations. Touro continues to develop ‘charter students’ who, as teachers, will meet and exceed the high quality expectations we have of our charter schools.”
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