Personal Statement

Hello! My name is Eric Shieh.

I am one of the founding team members and a teacher-leader at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, "A School for a Sustainable City" (no, it's not a charter school!), which has been recognized nationally for its collaborative culture, innovative curriculum design, and exceptional student outcomes. In addition to teaching music to middle- and high-school students, I have led two national site seminars and a citywide showcase schools initiative for hundreds of educators to join us in researching our school and adapting our practices to new contexts. I also currently lead the school's Equity Team, focused on building school-wide capacities to strengthen cultural knowledge and power, and supervise our Community Meetings Team, which works with large groups of 120-400 students each week to build shared culture, voice, and decision-making that matters to our communities.

In addition to my work as a teacher and leader, I am committed to public scholarship and practitioner research. My writing includes two dozen articles, book chapters, and op-eds featured in a range of publications such as The Washington PostThe Oxford Handbook of Music Education, The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Music Educators Journal, Arts Education Policy Review, and International Journal of Community Music. I have been recognized for my teaching, activism, and writing, and was invited as the first K-12 teacher to keynote the Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education Conference in 2018, and currently serve on the Editorial Board of the Arts Education Policy Review.

I received my B.A. in Music and English at the University of Michigan in 2004, my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010, and my Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2020 with a focus on policymaking in schools and with teachers. In between my various studies, I have founded music and creative writing courses in four prisons, taught orchestra across grades 4-12 in North St. Louis, led the evaluation of New York City's formative assessments program as a policy strategist, taught college students in China, and directed an outdoor leadership camp in the wilderness of northern Michigan.
Eric Shieh,
Dec 26, 2019, 8:12 AM