Relay Graduate School of Education (Relay), based in the Flatiron neighborhood of New York City, is New York State’s first new school of education since 1918. We are integrating the latest innovations across education technology as we re-imagine both online learning and in-person teacher training for teachers. Technology is a critical strategic lever for achieving Relay's vision that we serve a broader audience of teachers and extend our reach to new schools and students.
It all started in the fall of 2007, when leaders from three charter school networks partnered with Hunter College, in New York, to create Teacher U. As the precursor to Relay, Teacher U began with three dozen graduate students and grew into a master’s degree program training 250 district and charter public teachers. Around the same time, our first generation learning management system (LMS) was born.
In 2011, Teacher U was renamed Relay Graduate School of Education, earned its independence and was granted a charter by the New York State Board of Regents. Today, our programs have expanded to include master’s degrees for teachers and teaching residents, fellowships for experienced principals and a partnership with Coursera, a provider of online, open-enrollment courses that has allowed us to reach tens of thousands of educators around the world.
Our innovative approach to graduate-level education and our promising results have earned recognition from the White House, state education officials, and leaders of the nation’s most recognized district and charter public schools. More importantly, it has changed the lives of the countless children our students serve. Our Engineering Team will continue to build and refine our applications, such as our home-grown LMS to serve tens of thousands of educators across the nation.