“I took part in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) summer program at City College. That experience would prove to be a defining moment. I learned a lot in math and physics than my other high school friends, and because of the support and great experience I had, I decided to study math at CCNY,” says Jian Liu.
Jian Liu (刘健) is the Associate in Bilingual Education in the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) at the New York State Education Department (NYSED), leading different projects that support all stakeholders in English Language Learners (ELL) and Multilingual Learners (MLs) community. Before that, Jian was an Assessment Manager in the Office of Assessment at NYC Department of Education, leading different projects that relate to the assessments for NYC public schools, particularly the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). Jian is also an adjunct assistant professor at New York University-School of Professional Studies. At an earlier stage of his professional career, Jian was a high school bilingual math teacher in Brooklyn.
Jian, a Chinese immigrant, arrived from Beijing, China to New York in April 2005 with only basic knowledge of English. Within six months of entering the United States, Jian became a student leader in the Asian American Student Advocacy Project (ASAP), a youth leadership program at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF). In 2007, Jian graduated as valedictorian and served as President of the Student Government at Lower East Side Preparatory High School (LESP), a transfer high school in Manhattan, and was awarded the 2007 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Leadership Award from NYS Senator John C. Liu. In the spring of 2008, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer recognized him for his volunteer and leadership work in under-served areas of the city by awarding him a Civic Leaders of Tomorrow Public Policy Fellowship for his demonstrated commitment to public policy and advocacy.
Jian earned his B.A. from the City College of New York (CCNY) in Pure Mathematics, an M.A. from NYU-Steinhardt as a Teacher of Mathematics 7-12 and was a Math for America 2011 Fellow. In 2015, Jian earned his M.S. Ed in Bilingual Childhood Education from City College. In 2019, Jian received his M.S. Ed in Educational Leadership and Administration at The College of Saint Rose.