Professional Learning

2015-2016: Pre-K for All Professional Learning 

As part of the historic Pre-K for All initiative, pre-K leaders and teachers will have the opportunity to participate in citywide professional learning sessions, focusing on their pre-K program's Instructional Track/Lane. Pre-K leaders and teachers will collaborate and engage with other leaders and teachers at each of these sessions. 

Leader Professional Learning Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Teacher Professional Learning Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (Election Day)
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015
  • Thursday, January 28, 2016
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 (Anniversary Day) Click here to register by May 20.

Registration information will be forthcoming throughout the school year. Please contact  with any questions.

Pre-K for All Supports & Resources Overview

We are excited to share an overview of the supports and resources that Pre-K for All New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs) will receive from the Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) in the 2015-2016 school year. The Pre-K for All Supports & Resources Overview 2015-2016 is designed to provide a diverse range of professional learning opportunities and tools to assist schools in offering high quality instruction and family engagement.

Instructional Tracks or Lanes

Earlier this year, the Division of Early Childhood Education introduced a new professional learning model for the 2015-16 school year, Pre-K for All Instructional Tracks or Lanes. The Pre-K for All Instructional Tracks or Lanes build upon evidence-based practices as well as innovative and promising work already being done in NYC pre-K classrooms. Leaders, teachers, and paraprofessionals started participating in their Instructional Tracks or Lanes during Summer Institute.  They will continue to delve deeper into content alongside expert facilitators and their colleagues from other Pre-k for All programs in the same Instructional Track or Lane throughout the school year.  All Instructional Tracks or Lanes support the PKFCC. 

All Pre-K for All sites will participate in one of the following Instructional Track or Lanes for the 2015-16 school year:

  • NYC Explore Track
    Pre-K sites that participate in the NYC Pre-K Explore track will use the Building Blocks math curriculum together with Interdisciplinary Units of Study created by the DECE in collaboration with outside experts. Building Blocks, incorporated into the Units of Study, advances the State Pre-K learning standards. The first Interdisciplinary Unit of Study—Welcome to Pre-K, along with related resources and previous units, is posted here on the DECE website. Remaining units will be posted soon.
  • NYC Pre-K Lanes
    Pre-K sites that participate in a NYC Pre-K Lane will continue to implement a DECE-approved, PKFCC-aligned curriculum of their choice. Sites participating in a NYC Pre-K Lane will be provided with ongoing on-site instructional support and content-specific professional development targeted for their particular lane.
    • Lane A: Advancing Social Emotional Development: Support pre-K learners in developing social emotional skills needed to build a positive sense of self, form positive relationships, self-regulated, and adapt to change.
    • Lane B: Using Data to Inform Instruction: Move each child forward by learning new strategies to identify and meet each learner’s needs, using authentic assessments and other data points.
    • Lane C: Supporting Linguistically & Culturally Diverse Learners: Build on the diverse backgrounds and languages children and families bring to the classroom with strategies for developing learning environments, in which all children can thrive and all families are strong partners.

2016-2017: Pre-K for All Professional Learning

As part of the historic Pre-K for All Initiative, all sites will continue to participate in citywide professional learning through Pre-K for All Instructional Tracks 2016-17. During the 2016-17 school year, Pre-K for All professional learning will continue to support sites in meeting the Pre-K for All Program Quality Standards (PQS) and advancing student learning based on the Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC).

The 2016-2017 Pre-K for All Instructional Tracks for professional learning include:

  • NYC Pre-K Explore
  • NYC Pre-K Thrive
  • NYC Pre-K Create
  • NYC Pre-K Inspire: Additional information about the NYC Pre-K Inspire focus and extension sessions is available here.

A description of the 2016-17 Instructional Tracks is available here. Please email with any questions.