1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center Is Among New York City's Showcase Schools
The New York City Department of Education (DOE) honored the 1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center (FALC) last month as a pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) "Showcase School." As part of the DOE's new Showcase Schools Program, 17 learning institutions, including FALC, will host educators from other schools to discuss successful strategies in specific learning areas, as well as the processes behind their development. On May 1 and May 12, teachers, principals, site directors and other staff from schools throughout the city observed classes and attended workshops at FALC. Pre-K head teachers Sara Gilbert and Nila Johnson demonstrated how to create learning stations and assessments for them, while FALC Site Director Erica Vincenty-Nieves shared activities and strategies to engage parents. In addition, FALC Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Mallonga led a workshop on targeted professional development training. The two visits generated positive interest in FALC's programs, as several principals and site directors noted. Frank Severino, Assistant Principal of Public School 9, said, "The way the children navigated the classroom and engaged in their activities with minimal help from the adults was just phenomenal."
On May 4, FALC hosted another special visitor: Richard R. Buery, Jr., New York City's Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and leader of the universal pre-K program. Buery joined Child Care Funds Executive Director Vivian Fox and Chief of Staff Rossmery Dais, visiting pre-K classrooms and interacting with children at learning stations based on Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. For more information on FALC or any of the programs offered by the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation and the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds, call (212) 564-2220, or visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf.