Bank Street Partnership Prepares Quality Pre-K Teachers

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

This month, BronxWorks is partnering with teacher education leader Bank Street College of Education to launch the Quality for All teacher education pilot program.  Held at BronxWorks’ Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center at 1130 Grand Concourse, Quality for All will prepare and develop a cohort of 17 highly effective early childhood teachers to teach in Pre-K classrooms in economically disadvantaged communities in the Bronx.  BronxWorks and Bank Street will also collaborate with local Pre-K programs and community organizations, holding regular cohort meetings with community members and Community Colloquia education events.

Teachers in training are drawn from local schools and will work towards a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education over the course of three years.  Taught by experienced early learning educators from Bank Street, the curriculum will include courses on child development, children’s literature, teaching reading and writing skills, math, and language acquisition.  The program will provide degree candidates with full access to Bank Street’s main campus, which includes remote and in-person access to Bank Street’s library on the main campus, Bank Street email, website, and Learning Management System, on-campus computer labs, and special events and convocations.  Students will also have access to BronxWorks’ early childhood education classroom space at 1130 Grand Concourse.  Quality for All’s first class of teachers will graduate in May 2018.

BronxWorks and Bank Street hope that this partnership will lay a foundation for further community-based early childhood education initiatives aimed at improving and sustaining the quality of early education programs that serve families in low-income communities.
 

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