TEC Mentors program 1 of 5 professional development initiatives highlighted in new report

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Cover of Extracting Success in Pre-K Teaching: Approaches to Effective Professional Learning Across Five States from New America, Published April 2018

New America has included TEC Center’s TEC Mentors program in a new education policy report, Extracting Success in Pre-K Teaching: Approaches to Effective Professional Learning Across Five States, that focuses on professional development programs across the country that are responding to growing needs in preschool and kindergarten.

The TEC Mentors program, launched by Erikson’s Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center in 2016, is one of five programs highlighted in the report with a feature-length profile.

“The five programs we profile in this report show that it is possible to give pre-K teachers rich, research-based training that prepares them to work with young children,” the report reads.

In the TEC Mentors profile, TEC Center Director Chip Donohue, PhD, and Associate Director Tamara Kaldor, MS ’11, explain that the program is designed to empower teachers to integrate digital media tools into their classrooms in a developmentally appropriate way.

“Some people are high-tech, but don’t have the teaching experience and vice-versa,” Kaldor says in the report. “Partnerships are formed for collaboration and teachers share with one another, fostering a community of practice.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEC MENTORS PROGRAM AND HOW TO BRING IT YOUR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM