A Bronx-based educator, Jeremy Greenfield is a recent graduate of the City University of New York Graduate Center Doctoral Program in Urban Education. His dissertation, Beyond Information: College Choice as a Literacy Practice, examines the high school-to-college transition of 14 low-income students from the Bronx. In recent years, Jeremy has presented findings from this project at a number of conferences including the American Educational Research Association, the National Network for Educational Renewal, and the National Council of Teachers of English.
As an educational researcher, Jeremy is interested in the intersection of college access and literacy. How do students of color and students from low-income backgrounds come to learn about and engage in the textually-mediated college preparation and choice process? What role do literacies (personal and bureaucratic; print-based and digital) play in this process? These questions, among others, are addressed in his recently completed dissertation. This summer the University of North Carolina’s The High School Journal will publish a slightly modified version of a chapter of the dissertation. In this article, Jeremy introduces a novel construct, college finance literacy, and uses empirical data to develop the construct.
Jeremy’s experience conducting research is complemented and nourished by his work as a practitioner. At Macaulay Honors College, Jeremy supports CUNY faculty and students as a Digital Learning Fellow. At Hunter College, Jeremy serves as a Field Supervisor in the Department of Special Education and with CARA (College Access Research and Action), Jeremy conducts school-based professional development as a College Inquiry Coach. In addition to this paid work, Jeremy also volunteers with local educational organizations. He is a board member of the Amalgamated Nursery School and a Learning Leader at PS 153. At PS 153, Jeremy launched a book club for 4th and 5th grade boys, a project that brings him particular joy and satisfaction. A stalwart advocate of public education, Jeremy is the proud father of one New York City public school student. Next year, when his son enters Kindergarten, it will be two.