Educator Development Equity
In Progress
Field-building Collaborative
City University of New York (CUNY)
Sherry Cleary, University Dean and Executive Director [email protected]; 718-254-7285

Creating opportunities for early childhood centers that are serving  New York’s most vulnerable communities to benefit from Ideal Learning approaches and coaching.

Context and Need

The New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute has played a seminal role in bringing strengths-based coaching to New York.  The Institute has led a significant coaching effort that is relationship-based and builds on the strengths of each participant.  However, funding for this type of coaching was only available for Head Start programs and there was concern that the remaining programs did not have access to this respectful and comprehensive kind of professional development and seldom have the support, coaching, and other professional resources to realize their missions. 

Goals and Impact

The Institute will train a coach who embodies the child-centered, developmental orientation found in the Developmental Interactive, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia approaches and will support teachers and their leaders to understand child development, make comprehensive assessment of each child’s strengths, and to plan accordingly.  This project will serve 10 classroom teams, 20-30 teachers and assistants, and more than 150 children. 

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