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Client Spotlight: New York University Steinhardt


It’s no secret that the U.S. is experiencing a teacher dilemma. State legislatures and departments of education struggle to find solutions for teacher shortages, while quality instruction and career entry preparedness for inner-city urban schools remains problematic. Meanwhile, New York University Steinhardt, ranked #15 in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools in Education, launched a pilot program to these challenges head on. 

NYU partners with school districts nationwide to select candidates for a new program called EMAT which stands for Embedded Master of Arts in Teaching for secondary education. It’s a 13-month residency program whereby resident interns complete online coursework and get real-world in-classroom teaching experience. The goal is to advance career preparedness on Day 1, but they don’t go at it alone. NYU and their partner, HotChalk, an education technology company that puts degree programs online, set out to find a video partner that would connect remote resident interns to the expert faculty guidance of NYU’s staff. 

After reviewing several potential solutions, Ilana Levinson, Manager of Academic Technology Services at NYU Steinhardt, said she found the ‘Porsche’ of video-based observation tools in Torsh TALENT and a strategic partnership was formed. Not only does Torsh TALENT integrate seamlessly with their in-house system, Ember, but the breadth of offerings including tracking coaching data goes far beyond basic video capture. Resident interns can record classroom time, upload to TALENT and leave self-reflection notes that tie back directly to specific moments in the video. Along the same lines, NYU instructors and mentors participate in ongoing two-way feedback working with students one-on-one and in small groups as they sharpen their skills throughout the program.

Our partnership with NYU for its EMAT program started in Summer of 2016. Due to its early success, other departments quickly became interested. Within a few months, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development signed up to use the system for its own on-campus programs.

We are thrilled to welcome NYU to the Torsh TALENT family. We look forward to growing our partnership and building upon our mutual commitment to improve higher education. 

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