April 2011  
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Susan Neuman and Paul Reville  Address Massachusetts  

Educators at the

Early Educators  

Fellowship Initiative  



 The Tangelo Park Program at the National Principals Conference 


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Susan B. Neuman and Paul Reville Address Massachusetts Educators at the Early Educators Fellowship Initiative  


Susan B. Neuman addresses early literacy at EEFI


Over 100 Massachusetts-based Principals, child care directors, Head Start professionals, family child care representatives, and other early educators gathered on Saturday, April 30th in Leominster, MA for the second installment of The CAYL Institute's Early Educators Fellowship Initiative. This initiative is groundbreaking work in the Commonwealth and is an effort to build a core knowledge base for those who reach all children regardless of setting. The Early Educator Fellowship Initiative is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Paul Reville, Massachusetts Secretary of Education, welcomed and congratulated the Fellows, sharing with them his commitment that  educators must "start earlier and go deeper."  Noting that Massachusetts ranks high in-state comparisons of academic achievement, he nevertheless expressed concern about "unacceptable and persistent achievement gaps." Reville noted two goals of his work: early literacy and reading proficiency by third grade as well as the installation of the Mass QRIS system.  Acknowledging that  "people are undercompensated in this field,"  he nevertheless agreed that the state is  "asking people to do more with less.....we are in a period of change in our field." He added that "the Governor has prioritized education."


Renowned literacy expert Susan B. Neuman engaged the Fellows with her strategies, beliefs, and best practices for children's early literacy development. Neuman addressed many concepts from her book, Changing the Odds for Children at Risk: Seven Essential Principles of Educational Programs that Break the Cycle of Poverty. Neuman highlighted the significance of environmental effects on children's learning trajectories, and the importance of parental advocacy for their children. Fellows broke into working groups to discuss the various principles that effect children's programs, and emphasized the importance of powerful instruction and thoughtful planning. Susan concluded by saying, "Nothing is more crucial than our responsiveness to what children do and say. At every opportunity, we must make a point of talking, reading, and introducing children to a steady flow of new words, concepts and knowledge!"   

The final conference in the Fellowship series will take place on Saturday, June 4th; expert Linda Espinosa will guide the day's discussion focused on dual language learners. 

Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville welcomes the EEFI Fellows


CAYL Institute President Valora Washington addressed 120 Massachusetts early educators 


The Tangelo Park Program at the 2011 CAYL National Conference.   

At the National Principals Conference for Elementary School Principals and Childcare Directors, particpants will have the chance to visit the Tangelo Park Program, a project associated with the Rosen Plaza Hotel (where conference attendees will be staying)! The Tangelo Park Program, Inc. (TPP) is a community-based initiative that promotes civic commitment by private, public, and community organizations.


Mr. Harris Rosen, of Rosen Hotels and Resorts, provided the financial backing for the pilot project and collaborated with community leaders to establish an advisory board with the continued support of the Tangelo Park Elementary School, the Tangelo Park YMCA, Tangelo Baptist Church, and the Tangelo Park Civic Association. With financial support guaranteed by Mr. Rosen, the Tangelo Park Program oversees the fundraising, educational needs, and scholarship distributions for its citizens--ages 2 to 22.


At no cost to its citizens, the Tangelo Park Program offers:

  • pre-school opportunities for every Tangelo Park two, three, and four-year old
  • parenting classes and vocational or technical opportunities for parents with children in school;
  • full college tuition, room, board, and living expenses for every Tangelo Park high school graduate who is accepted by a vocational school, community college, or public  university in the state of Florida.


Harris Rosen, of Rosen Hotels and Resorts

Join us in July and see the amazing work of the Tangelo Park Project first hand!

The Children of 2020:

Creating a Better Tomorrow

The new book, Children of 2020: Creating a Better Tomorrow, provides in depth information about the role of vision, knowledge and strategies in smart improvisation. The book can be purchased from here, the website for the Council for Professional Recognition. 


"It's a truly excellent book, and I found things in it that I haven't easily found elsewhere."

-Gwen Morgan

Professor Emeritus
Wheelock College



You don't want to miss this 2011 National Conference!


With a focus on strengthening community partnerships and supporting Principals and directors to develop specific action plans, the 2011 conference promises to be quite inspiring.  Guest speakers include David Lawrence Jr., Thelma Harms, Ellen Galinsky, Maurice Sykes and Linda Hassan Anderson.


  • Hear leading top experts from around the nation;
  • Network with other educators in a collaborative and action-oriented learning experience;
  • Strengthen your ability to join forces with community resources;
  • Examine tools that can help assess and strengthen your program;
  •  See inside other programs with structured site visits;
  • Talk on a peer to peer level about what works and what doesn't.  
  • Register today!  


    We have a special offer from the Rosen Plaza Hotel, for $99 a night, including three days before and after the conference dates. 

    Toolkit Special Offer!

    The CAYL Institute is offering special pricing on the Principals Toolkit: if you purchase one toolkit, you can buy another half off!


    The CAYL Principals Toolkit has provided hundreds of Principals from all over the country with professional development materials for schools with Pre-K to 3rd grade classrooms.



    Read what Principals from all over the country are saying:  



    "I watched the DVD. My staff and I found it extremely useful."

    "I have really enjoyed my toolkit. I have enjoyed implementing changes to my school and feeling good about a lot of things we are already doing."
    "I learned new things and was affirmed in good practices we already do." 

    "I love the Principals Toolkit! It is just great. I am really, really impressed by it, and hope that all involved are too!"

    Massachusetts News  


    Congratulations to the Together for Quality QRIS Program Improvement Grantees! Click here for more information.


    National News


    NIEER Releasesed The State of Preschool 2010. Data from this year's report showed that, nationally speaking, the recession is continuing to negatively impact state-funded pre-K programs.


    According to a longitudinal study of nearly four thousand students funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, one in six children who do not read proficiently by third grade - and one in four who are both poor and struggling readers - fail to graduate from high school.