Case Study: New York City New Teacher Training

NYCDOE Takes New Teacher Orientation and Training Online

NYC Department of Education New Teacher Training


K-12 Education / Government


Podcast Production Services


New York City Department of Education


Podcast series provides effective and affordable means to train new public school teachers in New York City.

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in over 1,600 schools. Almost 135,000 people work full-time in New York City’s public school system with the shared mission to provide students with an education that gives them the tools to thrive in college, in careers and as active members of their communities.


With a large staff base and difficult budget conditions, the annual task of preparing and hosting new teaching training was becoming difficult to deliver consistently and to afford. The Office of Teacher Development began looking for ways to move teacher training online; they could not do it all face-to-face. The main goal was to find a way to reach new and early career teachers efficiently and cost effectively to provide them with the tools necessary to make their classroom and careers a success from year one.

Solution: Podcast Series

Teaming with LearningTimes, the Office of Teacher Development created the New/Early Career Development Series (CDS). The CDS series offers audio and video podcasts, live online events and other opportunities to explore and practice techniques that will make a difference in the first year teacher’s life and that of their students.

A dedicated and experienced team of teaching professionals from across New York City was assembled to work with LearningTimes to design, develop and record the podcasts. A CDS website was also built for the new teachers to easily find and access the podcasts from anywhere, anytime, 24/7.

The CDS Podcast Series supports several core areas of new teacher training:

  • Parent Teacher Conferences: helps new and early career teachers prepare for and facilitate effective and meaningful Parent-Teacher Conferences.
  • Teaching Teens: giving new teachers support and information to be successful in a New York City classroom full of adolescent learners.
  • Gearing Up for Middle School: provides guidance and must-have toolkit items for new and early career middle school teachers.
  • Effective Collaboration: offers tips and guidance for working effectively with other professionals and helps new and early career teachers navigate the school environment, meet new colleagues and build relationships that serve learner needs.
  • Working with Families: helpful, real-world training that encourage communication to foster trust, open-dialogue, and mutual respect, and that builds the partnerships needed to ensure student success.


The New York City Department of Education wanted to provide new ways of helping to bring new teachers on board. The CDS podcast series has been extremely well-received, with thousands of on-demand playbacks in all subject categories by teachers in the classroom and on-the-go. Teachers have also written in with follow-up questions, which have become the subject of new episodes, including this fun, yet practical sample below:

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