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ExpandED Pathways

The person standing in front of the classroom has even more impact on student success than the content being taught. Passion, understanding, diversity and commitment are essential qualities in an educator. See below to learn about our initiatives to attract and build capacity of those seeking a career in youth development and education.

Pathways Fellowship

For more information about the Pathways Fellowship:
Email Kody Melancon
Director, Pathways
or call (646) 943-8686

Male students of color make up 43% of NYC’s public school demographic, yet black, Latino and Asian men make up only 8% of NYC’s teacher workforce. Published evidence suggests that the lack of diversity among teachers may contribute to the achievement gap.

In partnership with NYC Men Teach and the Expanded Success Initiative, we launched the Pathways Fellowship in the fall of 2016 to utilize expanded learning programs as “labs” for attracting, supporting, training and guiding passionate men of color who aspire to careers in education or youth development. The program uses a blended model of professional development, mentoring, teambuilding and reflection to help them reach their professional goals, as well as address some of the complex issues related to retention and representation for men of color in education.

Pathways: Computer Science (CS)

Steve Roberts
For more information about ExpandED Pathways: CS & Engineering
Email Steve Roberts
STEM Manager
or call (646) 943-8852

ExpandED Pathways: Computer Science is an initiative designed to strengthen the pipeline of individuals prepared for and qualified to teach in NYC public schools, and grow the supply of effective computer science (CS) specialists working in after-school and expanded learning programs.

Working in partnership with Hostos Community College, LaGuardia Community College, New York City Department of Education and several community-based organizations, ExpandED Pathways: CS provides coaching and support to aspiring educators to help align their studies (a 45-hour course in CS education) and a paid, part-time job teaching CS in an after-school setting. 

This has a dual benefit of helping build the capacity of the teaching workforce, and providing with the opportunity to learn computer science after school.

Pathways: Engineering

Pathways: Engineering aims to use the afterschool space as an experimental ground where apprentice teachers, primarily people of color, gain experience in middle school STEM pedagogy and have the latitude to try out new instructional strategies while learning to teach under the mentorship of a STEM-specific school-based mentor trained by our partner, the New Teacher Center. In addition, school-based mentors work with new teachers during the regular school day and afterschool. ExpandED Pathways: Engineering is funded by 100Kin10.