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This profile was last updated on 6/18/13  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Harvest's Assessment Coordinator

UFT Chapter Leader

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • masters , African-American Studies
    Columbia University
  • bachelors degree , Political Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Brown University
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Faculty | Harvest Collegiate High School News, 18 June 2013 [cached]
Steve Lazar, Humanities Teacher
Steve Lazar is a National Board Certified Social Studies and English teacher. He is passionate about helping students to think deeply about the complexities of the world as they develop their communication skills. Steve is an expert in curriculum and assessment development, regularly delivering workshops for teachers around the country for such organizations as the Gates Foundation, the National Council for Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English, and the Institute for Student Achievement. He previously taught at the Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn and the Bronx Lab School, where he served as Department Chair, Instructional Coach, and UFT Chapter Leader; he first taught in Fairfax Co., VA. Steve has a bachelors degree in Political Philosophy and Religious Studies from Brown University and a masters in African-American Studies from Columbia University. His article, "Septima Clark: Organizing for Positive Freedom", which focuses on adult literacy education during the Civil Rights Movement, appears in The New Black History, edited by the late Manning Marable. Steve's writing on teaching and education policy have been published in Gotham Schools, Schoolbook, and Education Week Teacher. You can learn more about him as his blog, Outside the Cave. In addition to teaching, Steve is the Harvest's Assessment Coordinator, UFT Chapter Leader, and Tech Guy.
Our Boards | GothamSchools, 26 July 2013 [cached]
Stephen Lazar, teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School
Stephen Lazar, a high school ..., 21 Jan 2015 [cached]
Stephen Lazar, a high school teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York, testified that "the federal incentives in education are wrong," and he's in years past sacrificed at least a month of classroom time moving away from discussions to teaching his students to write formulaic essays and conducting "mindless repetition of facts" to prepare them for standardized-test taking.
He suggested that Congress consider other options such as testing just a sample of students, rolling back the number of federally mandated tests or changing the accountability for schools connected to the results.
Newsroom | GothamSchools, 1 Mar 2011 [cached]
Bronx Lab School teacher and GothamSchools Community section contributer Stephen Lazar is one of the organizers of the initiative, which they've dubbed the #EDUSolidarity project.
In his post today, Lazar explains that union protections prevent great teachers from losing their jobs for arbitrary reasons. But it's more than that, he writes:
Lazar isn't the only city teacher speaking out today: Miss Eyre, Lynne Winderbaum, Mr. A Talk and a numberofteachers at EdWize are just a few of those who've already posted their essays.
More advice from Stephen Lazar on how to combat the problem of teacher turnover. (GS Community)
BLS Staff, 12 Oct 2006 [cached]
Stephen Lazar, Global 3-4
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