Mindi Reich-Shapiro

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Assistant Professor
Teacher Education

EMAIL: mreichshapiro@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: S-616D

Office Hours:

Phone: +1 (212) 220-1217

Mindi Reich-Shapiro has worked in the field of early childhood education for more than thirty years. She has taught a wide variety of education classes at both the graduate and undergraduate level and has supervised teacher candidates in field placements throughout New York City. During the initial implementation of the NYC PreK-For-All program in 2014, Dr. Reich-Shapiro worked as a coach with the New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, providing on-site support for first-year teachers.

Dr. Reich-Shapiro holds a master’s degree in early childhood education and a doctorate in developmental psychology. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), where she teaches coursework in child development and early childhood curriculum, and supervises students in their field work placements.

Dr. Reich-Shapiro’s research interests include the study of how young children learn about democratic participation and civic engagement in early childhood classrooms. She has developed a working model that can help early childhood teachers create a democratic classroom community that values diversity, equity and collaboration. She has also studied the effects on preservice teachers of integrating aesthetic education into teacher preparation programs.

Dr. Reich-Shapiro recently completed work on a $315,000 two-year research grant from the Foundation for Child Development to study intrinsic and extrinsic factors that influence men’s decisions to teach young children. Her team developed a set of policy proposals aimed at increasing the participation of men in the field of early childhood education.

Dr. Reich-Shapiro is engaged in a pilot program to offer alternative fieldwork placements in NYC museums for BMCC students in the early childhood program. Museum partners include Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History.

Expertise

Teacher Education, Language and Literacy, Early Childhood Education , Democracy and Schooling , Cognitive Development, Children’s Literature, Child Development and Learning, Aesthetic Education

Degrees

  • B.A. Queens College, CUNY, Communications Arts & Sciences,
  • M.S. Queens College, CUNY, Early Childhood Education, Children’s Literature Specialization,
  • Ph.D. The Graduate Center, CUNY, Developmental Psychology,

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

Examining Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Impacting Men’s Decisions to Teach Young Children
Dr. Reich-Shapiro recently completed work on a two-year research project to explore strategies to increase recruitment and retention of male educators in the early childhood workforce. Dr. Reich-Shapiro was a Co-Pi on the research initiative, which was funded by a $315,000 grant received from the Foundation for Child Development. The research team is part of the New York City Early Childhood Research Network.

The findings and policy recommendations from this research project can be viewed in the technical report, “Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Influencing Men in ECE,” as well as the executive summary and research brief.  A press release regarding the research can be viewed at this link.

Publications

Reich-Shapiro, M., Cole, K., Plaisir, J. “I Am the Teacher”: How Male Educators Conceptualize Their Impact on the Early Childhood Classroom (accepted for publication, September 2019). Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Cole, K., Plaisir, J., Reich-Shapiro, M., & Freitas, A. (2019). Building a Gender-Balanced Workforce: Supporting Male Teachers. Young Children, Vol. 74 (4), September. (Featured article).

Cole, K., Reich-Shapiro, M., Siganporia, T., Tan de Bibiana, J. & Plaisir, J. (2019). ‘Why not become a police officer?: Challenges in the recruitment and retention of men in early childhood education. In Rinke, C. & Mawhinney, L., Opportunities and Challenges in Teacher Recruitment and Retention (Vol. 2, Contemporary Perspectives on the Lives of Teachers). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

Reich-Shapiro, M. (2018). Participating in democracy: Creating a Culture of Citizenship in primary classrooms. Education in a Democracy, Vol. 10, pp.45-69.

Presentations:
Reich-Shapiro, M. & Scarola, K. “I don’t know how I’m supposed to do this”: Using creative arts in teacher education programs to empower student learning through multiple modalities. Submitted for presentation, 2019 NAEYC Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, November 20-23, 2019.

Reich-Shapiro, M., Plaisir, J. & Cole, K. “When you say teacher, they think female”: Listening to the voices of male early childhood educators. Submitted for presentation, 27th Annual Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education Conference “Border/lands and (Be)longings,” Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 31-November 5, 2019.

Reich-Shapiro, M., Plaisir, J. & Cole, K. (2018). ‘I am the teacher’: Gender-conscious efforts toward diversifying the early childhood workforce. Presented at NAEYC 2018 Annual Conference & Expo, November 14-17, 2018. Washington, DC.

Cole, K., Reich-Shapiro, M. & Plaisir, J. (2018). ‘A male like me’: The construction of the male role model in early childhood education. Roundtable: Experiences of Teachers. Presented at the American Educational Research Association 2018 Annual Meeting: The Dreams, Possibilities and necessity of Public Education. April 13-17, 2018. New York, NY.

Reich-Shapiro, M. (2018). Participating in democracy: Creating a culture of citizenship in primary (K-2) classrooms. Discussion Session: Democratic Citizenship in Education. Presented at the American Educational Research Association 2018 Annual Meeting: The Dreams, Possibilities and necessity of Public Education. April 13-17, 2018. New York, NY.

Reich-Shapiro, M., Cole, K. & Plaisir, J. (2018). How male educators conceptualize their impact on early childhood classroom culture and children’s development. Symposium: Universal Pre-Kindergarten in New York City: Implications for Policy and Practice in a Changing Landscape. Presented at the American Educational Research Association 2018 Annual Meeting: The Dreams, Possibilities and necessity of Public Education. April 13-17, 2018. New York, NY.

Reich-Shapiro, M., Plaisir, J. & Cole, K. (2018). ‘When you say teacher, they think female’: Reconceptualizing the gendered early childhood workforce . Poster Symposium: Implementing Quality Early Care and Education at Scale: Findings from the NYC Early Childhood Research Network. Presented at the AFC National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC), June 25-27, 2018. Washington, DC.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

Member, American Educational Research Association

Member, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Member, Reconceptualizing Early Childhood EducTion

Member, Association of Teacher Educators

Member, Association for Childhood Education International

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