Guttman Professor Publishes Book on Public School Alternatives to Traditional Education Models

January 28, 2014 | Publication

Alia Tyner-Mullings, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Guttman, has authored Enter the Alternative School, an in-depth examination of publicCover school alternatives to traditional educational models. This book, which will be released on February 1, analyzes how urban education can respond to a system growing increasingly standardized and privatized. As an example, Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS), a public alternative schooling model, successfully served predominantly low income and minority students. It also changed the New York City public school system, while promoting methods that allowed educational institutions to make changes in the lives of their students. Written by a sociologist who was both a student at CPESS and a teacher at a school developed from the CPESS model, Enter the Alternative School analyzes education from a range of vantage points, assesses outcomes and invites readers to consider the potential of educational models to address the challenges of reforms that attempt to provide quality education to the low-income and minority students who are otherwise underserved by public schools.

Dr. Tyner-Mullings earned a doctorate in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she researched alternative educational models. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on sociology, deviance, statistics, and education. After finishing her doctorate, she was a post-doctoral fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the Sociology and Education Program and then an assistant professor at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. A former high school math teacher, Dr. Tyner-Mullings serves on assessment committees for two small high schools. She has also worked as a statistical or academic consultant for several colleges and universities. Her research interests include the sociology of education, communities, sports, and cultural studies. Dr. Tyner-Mullings is also the co-editor of Critical Small Schools: Beyond Privatization in New York City Urban Educational Reform (Information Age, 2012) and co-author of Writing for Emerging Sociologists (Sage Publications, Inc., 2013).


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