The livestream below will begin at the time of the event.

The ramifications of COVID-19 have thrown New York City’s public schools admission screening process into disarray. In light of the disruption, how will the hundreds of screened public schools in New York City decide how they will admit students? Join leading national experts and local stakeholders in a discussion focused on concrete policy solutions for the short- and long-term as it relates to the admissions policies of screened schools in the NYC Department of Education (DOE), which make up approximately one-third of all public middle and high schools in New York City. 

This webinar will feature a panel with Sean P. Corcoran, associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University, Brandon St. Luce, student at Edward R. Murrow and co-director of policy at Teens Take Charge, Lynn Shon, teacher at MS 88 in NYC CSD 15, and will be moderated by Stefan Lallinger, fellow and director of TCF’s Bridges Collaborative, who has written on the issue for The Century Foundation. The event will also include Nadiya Chadha of the office of student enrollment at the NYC DOE, who will be on hand to answer factual questions about the admissions process (but not participate as a panelist). 

Join us on Tuesday, June 2 at 2:00 pm as we discuss policy options for the NYC DOE for the coming admissions cycle.

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  • Moderator, Stefan Lallinger, fellow and director of The Century Foundation’s Bridges Collaborative
  • Sean P. Corcoran, associate professor of public policy and education at Vanderbilt University
  • Brandon St. Luce, student at Edward R. Murrow and co-director of policy at Teens Take Charge
  • Lynn Shon, teacher at MS 88 in district 15
  • Nadiya Chadha, senior director of strategic affairs in the office of student enrollment at the NYC DOE

Presented by The Century Foundation’s Bridges Collaborative.

Speaker Bios

Stefan L. Lallinger is a fellow at the Century Foundation and the director of TCF’s Bridges Collaborative. He focuses on issues of racial and socioeconomic integration, equity, school governance, and district-charter partnerships. Dr. Lallinger previously worked as a Special Assistant to Chancellor Richard Carranza in the New York City Department of Education. Prior to working at DOE,  Dr. Lallinger led Langston Hughes Academy, a Pre-K through 8th grade open-enrollment school in the Recovery School District, in post-Katrina New Orleans, where he served as principal, assistant principal and teacher for nine years.He holds BAs in Political Science and Development Studies from Brown University,an MA in History from the University of New Orleans, and a doctorate in education leadership from Harvard University.

Sean P. Corcoran is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Education at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. He is a research affiliate of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA). Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, he was on the faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development for 13 years (2005-2019). Dr. Corcoran’s research interests are in the areas of education policy, school finance, and school choice. He earned his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003. 

Brandon St. Luce is a Brooklyn native. He’s a Junior at Edward R. Murrow High School and a member of the Teens Take Charge Leadership team. His work with Teens Take Charge, where he serves as the Co-Director of Policy, has led him to fight for equity in public education and a school-wide curriculum that exposes students to a more expansive view of history & cultures. He plans to pursue a career in policy and economics.

Lynn Shon has been teaching 7th grade science at MS 88 in Brooklyn for the past 10 years, and serves as her school’s science instructional coach and equity team lead. Lynn designs and facilitates professional learning for teachers throughout NYC and across the country focused on teaching climate change and community resilience. She is an advocate for equity in public schools, environmental justice, and both student and teacher voice in policy. Lynn is a member of the D15 Diversity Working Group, and serves on the Nominations Committee for the National Science Teachers Association. She won the 2019 MƒA Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education, and is a finalist for the 2020 Big Apple Teaching Award. Lynn has designed place-based climate action curricula for the Resilient Schools Consortium Project and the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. She is a NY State and Math for America Master Teacher. Lynn earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology at Yale University, and her M.S. in Teaching from Pace University. 

Nadiya Chadha is the Senior Director of Strategic Affairs for the Office of Student Enrollment at the NYCDOE. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and German Studies from Boston College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Nadiya currently works on supporting the development of equitable policies related to enrollment, with a focus on building partnerships and strengthening relationships with members of the NYC community. She is a product of the NYC public school system and is immensely proud of the opportunities this city has given her and her family.