The New York State Education Department’s Office of Early Learning worked in collaboration with the Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) to conceptualize and conduct the first statewide Summer Institute for administrators and teachers of new state-funded preschool programs serving 3 year olds. The 3 Year Old Public Preschool Summer Institute was held on July 18th and 19th, 2017 at the Syracuse City School District Teacher Center. The Summer Institute introduced participants to the new Guidance for School Districts Operating Pre-K Programs for Three Year Olds, and offered an opportunity for participants to work together and learn from leading experts in the field.
The two-day Institute included an opening activity led by Tina Rose-Turriglio on the nuances of child development, followed by a keynote presentation by Sarah Gould-Houde, from QUALITYstarsNY, about how play can be a powerful teaching strategy to support preschoolers’ learning and development. Participants attended interactive sessions on the Instructional Cycle, creating Environments and Interactions, and a forum for Administrators to learn about the requirements and uses of assessment to support early learning. During these sessions, Institute attendees were provided with strategies for supporting very young preschoolers’ learning and development, including how to make the most of teacher-child interactions, and frameworks for understanding the cycle of content planning, teaching strategies, practice and play, and assessment when working with very young preschoolers.
Each year, the Office of Early Learning works in partnership with the NCC to host a summer institute around different topics. This year’s statewide Summer Institute, Effective Teaching and Leading Within a P3 Framework, will take place on July 17th – 19th.