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Professional Development


P-3 Summer Institute 2021


In July and August 2021, the NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF) will be partnering with the NYS Education Department's Office of Early Learning to convene the annual P-3 Summer Institute. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's P-3 Summer Institute will be held online via pre-recorded presentations. 

  • Registration links will be made available on the dates that presentations are released.
  • Once you register that you have access to the content on the day its released and thereafter.
  • All presentations may be viewed free of charge.
  • CTLE credit for these presentations is not available through the State Education Department. Your organization may be able to issue CTLE or other professional development credit.
  • More details and registration links will be announced in the near future.

Use the link above to find more information and view these presentations.


NYSED Office of Early Learning Video Series: A Guide for Educators Serving Children in Prekindergarten through 2nd Grade

The NYSED values play as an instructional strategy in the early childhood classroom. The video series includes examples of purposeful, play-based instructional strategies that assist children in developing critical foundational skills. In the early grades, it is particularly important for educators to recognize and provide a balance between individual and group needs, active and quiet times, teacher-directed and child-selected activities, and English and home language development. Teachers influence what and how children learn by creating an environment that reflects developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate practices and instruction. Intentional planning provides a framework for learning that is culturally and linguistically responsive, playful, interactive and interdisciplinary.

Social Justice, Equity and Anti-Bias Early Childhood Education

These professional development videos feature dynamic presenters as they discuss topics on anti-bias education, social justice education, trauma and systemic racism, and culturally reflective practices. Principal Baruti Kafele’s presentation discusses the differences between equality and equity and defines social justice education. Dana Benzo defines anti-bias education and explains how educators can provide diverse learning experiences that advance equity and respect and respond to our students’ varying cultures. Tim Hathaway and Tamaé Memole's presentation describes the various types of trauma that have affect students, including systemic racism, and discusses ways to meet the needs of those experiencing such trauma.

From Executive Producer Alfre Woodard, No Small Matter is the first feature documentary to explore the most overlooked, underestimated, and powerful force for change in America today: early childhood education. Through poignant stories and surprising humor, the film lays out the overwhelming evidence for the importance of the first five years, and reveals how our failure to act on that evidence has resulted in an everyday crisis for American families, and a slow-motion catastrophe for the country.


NYSED Professional Learning Series 2019

Recorded in November 2019, these dynamic presenters discuss academic rigor using developmentally appropriate practices, inspiring culturally sustainable environments and supporting thinking, language and learning in early childhood classrooms. Shannon Riley-Ayers, Ph.D., presents a video session recorded in November 2019 that uses data to paint the picture of the current state of instruction in kindergarten through third grade and identify opportunities for shifts in teaching to more effectively meet the needs of young learners. Miriam Beloglovsky unpacks the dispositions and conditions that children need to be successful in life and reviews how intellectual learning happens within the context of open-ended exploration with “loose parts” to support the development of children’s full potential. Janis Strasser, Ph.D., shares the many ways that early childhood teachers can use high level questions throughout the day (during read alouds, whole and small group meetings, music, outdoor explorations, creating and discussing classroom displays) and how "big questions" can help children think about and discuss diversity, families, and the school and home community.