Racial and Gender Equity for Young Children with Disabilities in New York City: A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Disparities in New York City Preschool Program Ecologies
Principal Investigator: Sarika Gupta
Co-investigators: Natasha Strassfeld (University of Texas, Austin) and Gregory Cheatham (University of Kansas)
May 2021–May 2023
This mixed-methods project examines the role of New York City’s program ecologies in supporting early childhood professionals’ 1) equitable referrals to preschool special education, 2) their use of high-quality inclusive practices, and 3) their understanding of families’ experiences with preschool special education systems.
Improving Dual Language Teaching for Spanish Speakers: Evaluating a Professional Learning System That Elevates Latina Teacher Voices
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Figueras-Daniel
April 2021–April 2023
This project employs a mixed-methods design with the dual purposes of using data collection to both understand Latina teachers of dual language learners’ teaching practices as well as prompt their reflection on specific pedagogical practices in three specific ways: 1) engaging teachers in conversations about the existing system of Professional Learning focused on supports for Dual Language Learners (DLLs); 2) training a sample of teachers and coaches to use the Self Evaluation of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition (SESEBA) system and to examine its ability to guide teachers and coaches in their practice with DLLs; and 3) examining change among various teacher groups relative to DLL supports with use of a domain-specific, standardized classroom observation tool, the Classroom Assessment of Supports for Emergent Bilingual Acquisition (CASEBA).
Listening to Teachers: Towards a More Equitable ECE System in NYC
Co-Principal Investigators: Mark Nagasawa & Alexandra Figueras-Daniel
April 2021–April 2022
This is a multiphase, mixed-methods follow-up study on a survey of New York’s early care and education (ECE) workforce conducted in May 2020. Its broad purposes are to 1) understand how New York City’s ECE professionals are faring more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and 2) draw lessons from their experiences—statistically and phenomenologically—to inform decisions about what a more equitable post-pandemic ECE system can and should look like.
Emotionally Responsive Practices & COVID-19: A Phenomenological Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Mark Nagasawa
May 2021–May 2022
This interview-based evaluation study in collaboration with Bank Street’s Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP) asks about the role of developmentally guided, emotionally attuned professional learning in helping teachers adapt to the shifting demands presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.