Professional Development

Pre-K for All Professional Development Dates for 2015-2016 School Year

As part of the historic Pre-K for All initiative, pre-K leaders and teachers will have the opportunity to participate in citywide professional development 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 Development Dates (these sessions are for principals and directors):

  • Wednesday, October 21 
    Registration for this session has closed.
  • Wednesday, November 18 
    Registration for the November 18th Professional Learning Session is now open!
    Please click here to register. 
  • Wednesday, January 20

Teacher Professional Learning Dates (these sessions are for lead teachers, assistant teachers, and paraprofessionals):

  • Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day)
     Registration for this session has closed.
  • Thursday, December 3 
    Registration for the December 3 Professional Learning Session is now open! 
    Please click here
    to register.
  • Thursday, January 28
  • Thursday, June 9 (Anniversary Day)

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

Special Professional Learning Opportunity

Open to all pre-K Parent Coordinators, Family Workers, Cluster Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Assistant Teachers

  • Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day)
  • Partnering to Support all Pre-K Learners and Families” provided in collaboration with the UFT.
  • To register, please use the link above or download the paper registration form here.
  • We encourage all pre-K paraprofessionals and assistant teachers to prioritize Professional Learning opportunities on Nov. 3, 2015 aligned to your instructional tracks/lanes (see above for registration for Teacher Professional Learning sessions aligned to tracks/lanes).

Pre-K for All Supports & Resources Overview 2015-2016

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.

Pre-K for All 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.