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Educator Beverly Falk highlights pre-k study in new documentary

Still from Beverly Falk's Walking Alongside the Learner: Curriculum in Yvonne’s Pre-K Classroom.
Still from Beverly Falk's film "Walking Alongside the Learner: Curriculum in Yvonne’s Pre-K Classroom."
Professor Beverly Falk
Professor Beverly Falk

Professor Beverly Falk, director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education, showcases "Walking Alongside the Learner: Curriculum in Yvonne’s Pre-K Classroom," a short documentary about what high quality early learning looks like in early childhood education.

Falk documents Yvonne Smith’s pre-kindergarten class at Central Park East 1 Elementary School.  Smith narrates the documentary, which shows how young children develop skills, knowledge and understandings about the world through active experiences, support for their social and emotional development and attention to their interests and strengths.

“Research over the last several decades, particularly in neuroscience, has actually given proof to theories that people learn through experience, particularly young children.  And you can see through MRIs how the brain is making neural connections while children are having experiences. So you’re actually growing your brain through activity and through relationships, and that’s what high quality early learning is,” said Falk.

Falk will direct three more video cases on high quality early learning in kindergarten, first grade and second grade. A teaching guide and website with the documentary will be used as a teaching resource. A film screening will take place on Tuesday, September 27 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the first floor Ballroom of the NAC building.

The video case is made possible by a grant from the Foundation for Child Development and explores the meaning of high quality early learning in a New York City pre-k activity-oriented classroom with children from culturally, linguistically and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.

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