ABOUT THE CIRCLE TIME PROJECT
Latisha Cook, Founder and Workshop Facilitator
Latisha Cook is the founder of The Circle Time Project. She has been an early childhood educator for the past 19 years. She began her career as a teacher's assistant and quickly moved through the ranks in her field. Latisha has taught in New York City’s top independent private schools, including The Washington Market School. There she spent several years as a classroom teacher. Latisha is also currently the director of a Brooklyn based Independent Private School.
Latisha has attained her Undergraduate Degree and Masters Degree in early childhood general education (Birth-Grade 2). She is a New York State Certified Teacher and a Certified Forest Kindergarten Teacher. Latisha has also received a certificate in Family Engagement from Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
Latisha created the Circle Time Project to ensure that teachers have the skills they need to give children a solid educational foundation.
About The Program
Over the past couple of years, preschool expansion programs have gained a lot of attention throughout the United States. Unfortunately, the quality of instruction these programs offer has not garnered the same amount of attention. We believe that every child deserves access to early childhood education. But, we also believe that this access should include high-quality instruction. This can only happen with a well trained, well-equipped teaching staff.
We achieve this not only by facilitating stand-alone professional development workshops but by partnering with schools to create long term professional development plans. Teacher development should be an ongoing process throughout the career of the teacher. A teacher's academic degree is only the first step in their career development. Through the design of school-specific teacher development trajectory plans, I support schools in setting long-term professional development goals. These plans support the development of the whole teacher that includes: Their socio-emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive capacities as educators. And understanding how deeply intertwined and equally important this development is in ensuring a child's wellbeing, learning, and growth.
"Good professional development must be tactical. It should focus on teacher autonomy and professionalism, but it should also give educators specific tools to draw from and adapt to their particular context."