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Paying It Forward: A Commitment to Learning and Service

Carmen Farina

April 4

Carmen Fariña


Chancellor Fariña will share the wisdom she has gleaned during her more than 50-year career in education. She also will discuss the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence for All initiatives that aim to improve student learning throughout the City, her call to service through teaching and leading, and her belief that every New York City public school student can achieve.

Carmen Fariña is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation, serving 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools. During her more than five-decade career in education, Fariña has distinguished herself as a dedicated and innovative teacher, principal, district superintendent, and deputy chancellor. As Chancellor, she has delivered free, full-day, high-quality pre-kindergarten to more than 150,000 four-year-olds since 2014. To build on this foundation, she is working to ensure that all students are reading on grade level by the end of second grade. Other priorities include a renewed focus on parent engagement and professional development for educators. She also has expanded the community schools model, providing more mental health and other services to students and families. In fall 2015, Chancellor Fariña and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Equity and Excellence for All, a set of new initiatives aimed at putting all students on the path to college and meaningful careers.