Lydia R. L. Young is the Director of NExT, Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Education network for experiential and equity-focused educators, and a Teaching Professor in Education. In her pedagogical practice and curriculum development, Dr. Young explores experiential teaching and learning, profession-based k12 learning, networked educators, critical literacy, fostering teacher candidates as change agents, and social constructivism. Dr. Young envisions NExT as an opportunity for networked educators to combine academics with experiential learning opportunities, regardless of context & systemic barriers; thereby, allowing equity gaps to be directly addressed by teachers, teacher leaders, and schools. NExT links educators from across the globe as they document learning, connect scholars and practitioners, and impact learning as we develop a lexicon of experiential education.
Previously, Dr. Young served as the director of field placement and as the director for the Masters degrees in education. She also worked with the Boston Public Schools Office of College and Career Connections, the College Bound Program at Boston College, and served as a literacy consultant to small and technical high schools. Prior to working in higher education, she taught secondary English.