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Deborah W. Meier
Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor
NYU Steinhardt School of Education

Deborah W. Meier is currently on the faculty of New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, as senior scholar and adjunct professor as well as Board member and director of New Ventures at Mission Hill, director and advisor to Forum for Democracy and Education, and on the Board of The Coalition of Essential Schools.

Ms. Meier has spent more than four decades working in public education as a teacher, writer, and public advocate. She began her teaching career as a kindergarten and headstart teacher in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City schools. She was the founder and teacher-director of a network of highly successful public elementary schools in East Harlem. She founded Central Park East Secondary School, and during this time, she also founded a local Coalition center networking approximately fifty small Coalition-style K-12 schools in the city.

Between 1992-96, she served as co-director of the Coalition Campus Project, which successfully redesigned the reform of two large failing city high schools and created a dozen new small Coalition schools. She was an advisor to New York City’s Annenberg Challenge and Senior Fellow at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University from 1995-1997. From 1997 to 2005, she was the founder and principal of the Mission Hill School, a K-8 Boston Public Pilot school serving the Roxbury community.

Ms. Meier is on the editorial board of Dissent, The Nation, and The Harvard Education Letter. She is a Board member of the Association of Union Democracy and Educators for Social Responsibility, among others. Her books include, most recently, Keeping School, with Ted and Nancy Sizer (Beacon Press, 2004) and Many Children Left Behind (Beacon Press, 2004). Ms. Meier attended Antioch College and received an Master of Arts in History from the University of Chicago.

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