Personal Statement

Hello! My name is Eric Shieh.

I am currently one of the founding team members and a teacher-leader at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, "A School for a Sustainable City," where I lead our school's work in equity and community, and champion the work of our vibrant, unabashedly progressive public school, across the city and country. In the past few years, I have co-planned and 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.

Prior to my work at MELS, I served as an assessments policy strategist for New York City Department of Education, founded music and creative writing courses in four prisons, taught orchestra across grades 4-12 in North St. Louis, taught university English courses to college students in China, and directed an outdoor leadership camp in the wilderness of northern Michigan. 

In addition to my work as a teacher and leader, I am committed to public scholarship and practitioner research. My writing includes over two dozen articles, book chapters, and op-eds featured in a range of publications such as The Washington PostThe Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Music Educators Journal, and Arts Education Policy Review. I have been recognized for my teaching, activism, and writing, including as a finalist for the Gaynor McCowan Award for Excellence in Teaching in New York City, and as keynote speaker for the Big Ten Academic Alliance Music Education Conference in 2018.

I received my B.A. in Music and English at the University of Michigan in 2004 and my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2010, and my Ed.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies, also from Teachers College, in 2020. My doctoral studies focused on policymaking in marginalized spaces, including the work of teachers, communities of color, and arts practitioners

Less respectably, I play violin in The SOB, a scrappy new music ensemble based in Brooklyn which may be getting slightly less scrappy following the success of our latest album, Afterimage, in 2020.
Eric Shieh,
Jan 20, 2021, 6:32 PM