In the Media
First Lady Chirlane McCray’s visit at FirstStepNYC – March 6, 2014, View photos
Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott visit FirstStepNYC – 2013, View photos
Mets and Major League Baseball Donate $300,000 for Brownsville School’s Courtyard Renovation – July 17, 2013 – Daily News
FirstStepNYC Renovation Project with Major League Baseball – July 16, 2013 – MLB.com
What to look for in a pre-kindergarten program – October 23, 2014 – InsideSchools
A Message From Bank Street’s President – December 19, 2014 – Bank Street College of Education Newsletter
What do I do? I teach! – Shavon Frazier – January 2015 – Teaching Young Children (NAEYC)
CUNY’s Child Program Administrators Credential (CPAC) classes began onsite.
The Early Education Leadership Institute at SCO’s FirstStepNYC held a Career Panel Dinner to engage and develop early childhood leaders citywide.
- Steven Antonelli, Center Director, BankStreet Early Headstart
- Gail Gordon, Adjunct Faculty at BankStreet and Hunter School of Social Work
- Sophia Pappas, Executive Director, DOE Division of Early Childhood Education
- Laura Ensler, Director, FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute
- Ina Solomon, Education Administrator, Instruction and Performance, DOE Division of Early Childhood Education
- Helen Frazier, Master Teacher, FirstStepNYC
- John Borrero, Director of Education and Disabilities, Administration for Children’s Services
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 – This date marks the launch of the FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute. The first cohorts of early childhood leaders from the Department of Education and SCO Family of Services gathered to learn about how Powerful Interactions will help to shape each of their unique experiences with the Leadership Institute. These initial cohorts of Leadership Institute participants will help to shape the future of the Institute as it extends throughout New York City.
Thursday, March 20th, 2014 – The FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute invited leaders in early education across NYC Department of Education District 23 for a networking event. Sophia Pappas, Executive Director of Early Childhood with the DOE and Sherry Cleary of the CUNY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute were key note speakers at the event. Follow-up and future networking events will be schedule to build more relationships between leaders across District 23 and the whole of New York City. Below are photos of the event
Statewide Infant and Toddler Conference
January 12 & 13, 2015 | Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie, NY | More info
Conference Goal: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the dyadic approach to infant development through relationship based practice involving parent-child, caregiver-child and parent-caregiver dyads. Prevention strategies will be discussed and taught. Training techniques will be highlighted. All materials will be provided as part of the registration fee.
Audience: Infant and toddler program leaders, trainers and supervisors, health care consultants, Early Intervention specialists, mental health providers, family support staff, social workers and other professionals who work with infants, toddlers and their families.
Seize the Moment: Rise to the Challenge of Pre-K
January 28, 2015 | Columbia University Teachers College, New York City | More info
Conference Goal: The conference is designed to be a source of both inspiration and
direction. Come hear the latest thinking on issues big and small – all related to Pre-K! You’ll learn about policies that undergird high-quality Pre-K programs, the critical importance of a play-centered curriculum, ways to support language and literacy development, inclusive education at the Pre-K level, and more! You’ll learn from some of the nation’s top experts on Pre-K education as well as from educators who work every day alongside kids and their
Audience: This conference is designed for teachers, directors, policy-makers,
administrators, parents, and researchers.
NYU Steinhardt Education Policy Breakfast Series
March 6 & May 1, 2015 | NYU Kimmel Center, New York City| More info
The NYU Steinhardt Education Policy Breakfast Series brings together policy leaders, legislators, business people, heads of corporations, foundations and advocacy organizations, university faculty, and school superintendents for an informed, spirited discussion about contemporary educational issues at both the local and national levels. This year, the series will address the topic of early childhood education, and will look at the key issues of accessibility, quality, and affordability.
Friday, March 6, 2015 – Early Childhood Education: Improving and Assessing Quality
Friday, May 1, 2015 – Affordability and Sustainability in Early Childhood Education: Global Lessons for New York
12th Annual Young Child Expo & Conference
April 22-24, 2015 | Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, New York City | More info
Teachers College, Columbia University 32nd Annual Winter Roundtable on Cultural Psychology and Education
February 13 & 14, 2015 | Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City | More info
Free Webinar: Managing Learning Through Learning Profiles
February 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EST | Register now
Presented by the National Institute for Student-Centered Education’s (NISCE). Everyone process learning in a variety of ways. Explore how to harness students’ learning profiles for powerful learning experiences no matter the class size or course time by attending this session.
- Outline ways to better understand learning profiles and their value.
- Review methods for data collection for using Learning Profiles effectively.
- Explore examples for using learning profiles to support content, process, and products.
Exchange Magazine – Emerging Leaders in Early Care and Education
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015 | Application
Exchange magazine is targeting its May/June 2015 issue to feature emerging leaders in the field of Early Care and Education. One selected leader will be featured on the Exchange cover and in the cover story. Several others will also be pictured and their stories told in the cover feature. And all leaders who complete the application process and are selected will be included in the online version of the article.
Free Webinar: Empowering Student Voice Through Differentiated Instruction
February 9, 2015, 6:00 PM EST | Register Now
Student engagement is critical for effective achievement. Differentiating instruction based on interests enables students to be a collaborative partner in their learning experiences. Gather ideas for using effective methods to raise your student achievement with engaged learners by attending this session.
- Identify the importance of understanding the purpose of student voice via their interests.
- Explore examples of using student interests to support student voice and learning.
- Reflect on the approaches to incorporate into practice.