Center for Worker EducationDepartment
25 Broadway 7-61
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f: (212) 925-0963
Deborah Edwards-Anderson has a BA in Liberal Arts from City College with concentrations in American and African-American history. She has completed graduate coursework in literature at City College and in elementary education at Hunter College. Deborah is Coordinator of the Center's Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree program, which leads to New York State teacher certification, Birth-8. In her capacity as ECE Program coordinator, Deborah serves as a liaison with the New York City Department of Education, the United Federation of Teachers, and District Council 1707, which represents day care and Head Start employees; advises students on the professional standards within the field, required coursework and testing, and graduate school opportunities in education; and coaches students in how to successfully transition to becoming teachers. She has also been an adjunct instructor of women’s studies.
Deborah's other focus at the Center has been the expansion of on-site student services. In the aftermath of September 11th, she organized an eight-week reiki-based stress management program for students, faculty, and staff. More recently, she has been instrumental in establishing counseling services at CWE, expanding the orientation program for new students, and increasing student access to the services provided by Student Disability Services. She has also organized special cultural events, such as the tribute to Nuyorican poet Pedro Pietri.
Debbie’s passionate involvement and interest in education extends to her personal life. She has been an activist parent in both her sons’ preschools, elementary, middle and high schools. She serves on the School Leadership Team of Middle School 51 in Brooklyn, is chair of a school-based committee responsible for the oversight of the new inclusive education (Collaborative Team Teaching) program at MS 51, is a member of Parents for Inclusive Education, and has spoken extensively at conferences, graduate and law schools about the benefits of inclusive education for children with learning disabilities.