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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Suzanne C. Carothers

For more than four decades, Suzanne C. Carothers has been in the field of education as a teacher of the youngest of learners to – those who do the teaching, those who are school leaders, and those who inform policy affecting children and their families. Recently retired from her fulltime position as a Professor of Early Childhood Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development in the Department of Teaching and Learning, she remains committed to the field of practice by continuing to do meaningful work in it.

At NYU, she served as Director of the Undergraduate Childhood/Childhood Special Education Program and Director of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to assuming her position at NYU, Dr. Carothers was a Professor of Elementary Education at The City College of The City University of New York in the Department of Education. Formerly, as the Adult Literacy Program Director in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York during the Ed Koch Administration, she coordinated the New York City Adult Literacy Initiative. At that time, it was a groundbreaking effort which was in the forefront of the movement to provide literacy instruction and services for adults with limited reading, writing, and English speaking skills.

Having been an early childhood teacher, Dr. Carothers was the teacher of three-year-olds at the Bank Street School for Children. A graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, she received her Masters Degree from Bank Street College of Education, and her Ph.D. from New York University. In 2001, Bank Street College of Education awarded her an honorary doctorate for outstanding achievement as a teacher, leader in education, and mentor.

Featured Speaker: Sherry M. Cleary

Sherry M. Cleary is the Executive Director of the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, which is housed at the City University of New York. She leads the work of a dynamic, intelligent, and passionate team dedicated to building essential systems to insure a highly effective early childhood workforce for the state of New York, to guarantee that young children have access to excellence. Some hallmarks of the vision and leadership that Sherry has brought to New York include collaborative efforts to create New York Works for Children (New York’s early childhood workforce development system), a new competency-based Core Body of Knowledge, Early Learning Guidelines (Birth to Age 5), the completion of the NYS Trainer Credential, ASPIRE – NYS’ workforce registry, and oversight for the implementation of New York’s quality rating and improvement system, QUALITYstarsNY. She co-chairs the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, for the state of New York, and co-chairs its Work Force Work Group. She is also the President of the New York State Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NYSAECTE) and has presided over the group in the past. Most recently, Sherry was named to Mayor de Blasio’s 6-member Early Childhood Working Group, initially charged with building the model to be used for a Universal Pre-kindergarten implementation in New York City.

Ms. Cleary has worked in the field of early childhood education as a classroom teacher, a program administrator, and as both a faculty member and higher education administrator for more than 35 years. Early in her career she worked in Fredonia, on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, in Buffalo, and in Elmira, New York. Sherry held Assistant and Associate Professor positions at three institutions of higher education before joining the University of Pittsburgh. At the University of Pittsburgh she was the Director of the University Child Development Center (a lab school for multiple academic disciplines), the founding and Executive Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, and a faculty member in the School of Education, teaching a full-time load of graduate courses. Sherry has served on several Boards of Directors and College Advisory Boards as well as presided over national and regional membership organizations. She has particular experience and interest in leadership, creating positive change for children, and teacher education and speaks widely on these and related topics.

Closing Ceremony with Harmony Music Makers

Our closing will be a wonderful cultural experience which is a part of our city. All children and teachers should experience it. Please share with your colleagues and friends. This band will a great way to end the day. For more information about the band, click here.