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Deborah Shanley has served as the dean of the School of Education since 1998. Her work with multiple college and community constituencies earned her a Humanitarian Award from the CUNY Consortium for the Study of Disabilities and the Medgar Evers College Worker Education Program. Her current work focuses on creating collaborations and partnerships with New York City schools and cultural institutions as vehicles for extending teacher preparation beyond academic walls.
Known for her activist perspective on teacher education — and her passion for improving teaching and learning in the public schools — Shanley has put her philosophy into practice through national collaborative partnerships, including the National Network for Education Renewal, the Council for Great City Schools, Teachers for a New Era and the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. On the local level, Shanley has established relationships with professional development schools as well as numerous community organizations, including the Lincoln Center Institute Teacher Education Collaborative, the National Park Service of New York Harbor and City University of New York Partnership, the American Museum of Natural History, and the East New York School and Community Partnership.
She serves as board chairwoman for Achievement First, a network of charter schools. In 2008–09 she served on the National Parks Second Century Commission, which developed a plan for the future of the country's national park system. Recently she was named co-chairperson of the Floyd Bennett Field Blue Ribbon Panel to develop recommendations for use of the site.