Beverly Falk, Project Director
Beverly Falk, Ed.D., is Professor and Director of the Graduate Programs in Early Childhood Education at The School of Education, The City College of New York. She has served in a variety of educational roles: classroom teacher, public school founder and director, district administrator, research, and consultant — at the school, district, state, and national levels. Her scholarship centers on early childhood education, performance assessment, teacher education, and teacher research. Throughout her career, her work has focused on supporting understandings about how children learn so as to ensure that our youngest, most vulnerable citizens — especially those in historically underserved diverse urban communities — have access to high quality learning opportunities.
The founding director of The New Educator, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal about educator preparation, Dr. Falk is the author of more than 150 publications. Her most recent books are Defending Childhood: Keeping the Promise of Early Education (Teachers College Press, 2012); Teaching Matters: Stories from Inside City Schools, co-authored with Megan Blumenreich (The New Press, 2012); and Teaching the Way Children Learn (Teachers College Press, 2008). Her forthcoming book (Teachers College Press, 2017) is titled High Quality Early Learning for a Changing World: What Educators Need to Know and Do.
Meryl Feigenberg, Videographer
Meryl Feigenberg, MAT and MFA candidate, is an artist and educator. A product of the small, alternative New York City Public school movement, Meryl received a B.A. in Photography and Child Studies from Hampshire College and went on to receive a Masters in Art Education from School of Visual Arts. In 2013, she received a Professional Certificate from the International Center of Photography and in 2017 will complete her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Meryl has taught art to students ranging in age from Pre-Kindergarten through adulthood in New York City public schools, The Heschel School, The City College of New York, International Center of Photography, and ICP at The POINT. She is interested in using art as an avenue for students to explore and think critically about themselves and the world around them. Additionally Meryl works as a freelance videographer with artists and educators as well as uses photography, video, performance, drawing, and sculpture to create time-based pieces that explore ideas of societal expectations around love and work.
Patricia M. Godoy, Project Associate
Patricia M. Godoy, MSEd., is committed to achieving significant gains in opportunities and outcomes for youngsters of diverse backgrounds in their early childhood years. In addition to designing and implementing the public outreach and communications work of The High Quality Early Learning Project, she is Research Assistant for “Quality UPK Teaching in Diverse Settings – A Joint Research Project of The City College of New York/CUNY and Teachers College of Columbia University.” This qualitative study seeks to identify, document and disseminate practices and policies in Universal Pre-K classrooms that are supportive of and responsive to the needs of low-income children and families from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Patricia’s work in early childhood education includes positions in teaching, administration, consulting and research. She completed her Master’s research and student teaching in the Pre-K classroom of The Project’s “Featured Educator” Yvonne Smith. Patricia received an A.B. degree from Brown University, a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law and an MSEd. degree in Early Childhood Education from The City College of New York. She is certified by New York State to educate children from Birth to Grade 2 and speaks Spanish and French fluently.