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The Tuition Equity Fund (TEF) will serve as the foundation for Corlears School’s first-ever endowment. Corlears has committed significant resources to become the leading school for young children driven by diversity and equity. 

Through the Tuition Equity Fund, we strive to cultivate inclusion and belonging for all community members for generations to come. Your support of the TEF brings to life our vision of a vibrant and connected community like no other in New York City.

Corlears invests in Teachers with professional development
Corlears SchoolFebruary 06, 20232 min read

Professional Development at Corlears: Investing in Our Teachers and Staff

Corlears School may be known for being a small community, but the amount of expertise inside the classrooms of the Chelsea-area independent elementary school mirrors a much larger institution.

One of the most impactful aspects of Corlears is certainly its teachers, who hold the highest degrees in early childhood education and have a true passion for educating children of the youngest ages. When faculty and staff join Corlears, they commit to an active and ongoing process of learning reflecting on their practice. Each year, as part of our investment in our teachers, staff, and our students, we dedicate a significant portion of our operating budget and Annual Fund donations to ensuring our educators are supported with ongoing professional development — both in house and offsite in partnerships with professional organizations and universities. 

In the average school year, our teachers and staff partake in a collective 1,600-plus hours of professional learning – including coaching, conferences, and workshops – offered from groups like:

  • Conscious Discipline (social-emotional learning)

  • Art of Play and Wonderment Conference for early childhood educators

  • Bank Street College of Education 

  • Reggio Emilia NYSAIS Offerings, including the People of Color Conference (PoCC)

  • Ongoing racial equity, affinity, and caucus groups

  • Corlears instructional coaches: early childhood, math, and literacy

These sessions, which happen over the summer months, embedded within the school day, during our weekly staff meetings, and throughout the school year on dedicated professional days, ensure the latest research and recommended child-centered and inquiry-based practices are showing up in our spaces.

The school sees this time as an investment in the school’s greatest resource: its teachers. In fact, faculty and staff expertise – along with early years math and equity and inclusion – is part of the school’s strategic focus.

Each year, Corlears also continues to deepen its social justice and identity curriculum, as well as its overall commitment to becoming a more equitable and inclusive school, a journey that officially began in 2006. When we started teaching a social justice and identity curriculum, it required a new community-wide dedication to the continual work of learning about our identity and internalized biases.

“Having dedicated days to dig deep within our hearts, to improve upon our teaching practices, is essential,” explains Mansi Vasa, Assistant Head of School and Director of Equity and Inclusion. “Teaching is an act of revolutionary love, and our work calls upon us to embody anti-racism as a value in our lives, in our relationships and in our teaching practices.” 

Every teacher is an expert in their field, with a solid and well-rounded understanding of child development. They create classrooms where students are able to take risks and embark upon challenges that help them learn deeply, and make meaning beyond memorization.

We invite you to explore what makes our faculty and staff so special by learning more about our training and their philosophy here. You can also meet our team of incredible educators and administrators here.

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