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Neil S. Harris

Director, New York City Teaching Fellows Program Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Ph.D. - School Leadership - Concordia University of Chicago, River Forest, ILM.E.D.. Educational Leadership - Cambridge College, Cambridge,MAM.S.Ed. Adolescent Urban Education - SWD - Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY


Neil Harris is an Assistant Professor and Director of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, an alternative teacher education program in the Teaching, Learning and Leadership (TLL) department at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. He has administrative oversight of the program also teaches graduate courses in the Teaching, Learning and Leadership Department. Prior to his appointment to the faculty at Long Island University he served as a NYC High School Principal and secondary school administrator.  Mr. Harris became the first African-American principal of a school where over 80% of the students were male and over 90% were minorities.  During his tenure as Principal the school was recognized as 1 of 40 schools in New York City that successfully graduated boys of color.

His work focuses on the issues surrounding equity for students with disabilities, race, the school-to- prison pipeline and the social, emotional and academic development for boys of color.  He is the founder and president of The Urban Mosaic Center for Social Justice and The Harris School for Global Empowerment. 



Urban Teacher Education, Alternate Teacher Preparation, Special Education Policy and Practice, Educational Leadership, Social Justice, Race, Ethnoviolence, Poverty.

Lectures and Presentations

Harris, N. (2016, June) DOE/LIU Inspire Conference – Panel discussion: viewing of the documentary, “Most Likely to Succeed"

Harris, N., Williams, W., Kesson, K., Walsh, C. (2016, October). Diversity Challenge – Panel workshop
            Parallel Processes: Ethnoviolence, trauma, and self-other care in teacher preparation, Boston, MA

Harris, N., (2017, March). National Association of Alternative Certification (NAAC)
            Learning by Doing: Teacher trainees’ reflections on ethnoviolence and trauma



• Outstanding Educator Award, 2013
• NYC DOE – Distinguished Principal Award, 2013
• NAAC – Change Maker Award, 2008

  • Board Member/Reg Director–National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) 2013 – Present     
  • Member – Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, 2012 - Present
  • Member – Association for Supervision and Curriculum (ASCD), 2012 - Present
  • Member – American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, 2013 - Present
  • Member – American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, 2014 – Present