Suzanne C. Carothers
Professor of Early Childhood Education
Suzanne C. Carothers is a Professor in The Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, at New York University. Prior to assuming this position, she was a Professor at The City College of The City University of New York in the Department of Education, the Elementary Education Program. In her former position as the Adult Literacy Program Director in the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York, Dr. Carothers coordinated the New York City Adult Literacy Initiative, a groundbreaking effort which is in the forefront of the movement to provide literacy instruction and services for adults with limited reading, writing, and English-speaking skills. A graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, she received her master's degree from Bank Street College of Education, and her PhD from New York University in 1987. Dr. Carothers has done extensive teacher training and staff development work in a variety of settings for more than 25 years. Her work has included developing early childhood curriculum materials, conducting process-writing workshops, and giving papers and presentations on educational and women's issues. As a teacher of early childhood, Dr. Carothers taught three-year-olds for several years at the Bank Street School for Children of the Bank Street College of Education. Her work with the three-year-olds resulted in the development of a filmstrip called Children Can Cook. This teacher training filmstrip helps teachers understand the thinking and process involved in planning for the developmental needs of young children by using cooking activities as the core curriculum. The Rationale for the filmstrip became her master's thesis. Dr. Carothers teaches graduate-level early childhood and elementary curriculum education courses, and conducts undergraduate student teaching seminars. She has also developed programs for parents, children, and childcare workers in collaboration with community agencies. Most recently at their 2001 Commencement Exercises, Bank Street College of Education awarded Dr. Carothers an honorary doctorate for outstanding achievement as a teacher, leader in education, and mentor.
- MS Bank Street College of Education 1973
- BA Bennett College 1971
- PhD New York University 1987
Curriculum Development Publication Materials
- Teacher-to-Teacher: A 12-Part Videotape Staff Development Series for Adult Basic Education Teachers. Featured teacher in Tape #1, Every Student Has a Story: Developing a Community of Learners, New Readers Press, Fall 1989.
- Participated in the development of a two-part filmstrip, Childcare Shapes the Future: Anti-Racist Strategies. Filmstrip was awarded Best Filmstrip in the category of Human Relations by the 1984 National Education Film Festival. The Council on Interracial Books for Children, New York, NY. Winter and Spring 1982-1983.
- Developed the Discussion and Activity Suggestions for the Teacher Guide of a ten-filmstrip Curriculum Program, Grades K-4, entitled, And Then What Happened? Produced by The Council on Interracial Books for Children, New York, NY. 1983.
- A Column entitled, "Let’s Cook", published in 3 To Get Ready, Vol. 1 Nos. 3 and 5 (test issues distributed in Fall 1978 in selected major newspapers), Bank Street College Publications.
- A two-part teacher training filmstrip, Why Dramatic Play? (12 minutes) and What Are Children Learning When They Play? (15 minutes). The filmstrips help teachers identify the importance of play in developing classroom curriculum for children three through seven years of age. Made in collaboration with others, Bank Street College Publications, April 1977.
- A teacher training filmstrip, Children Can Cook (20 minutes). The filmstrip helps teachers understand the thinking and process involved in planning for the developmental needs of young children by using cooking activities as the core curriculum. Bank Street College Publications. Rationale for the filmstrip Children Can Cook, unpublished thesis in the Bank Street College of Education Library 1973.
Grants and Awards
- 2002: Thirteen/WNET New York Community Leadership Award
- 2001: Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College of Education
- 1996: Recipient of Third Annual Ofelia Barcia Spirit of the Community Award, City College Community Education Center
- 1996: Recipient, CITYWOMEN of the Year Award, City College
- Teacher development
- Aventuras en la Comunicatción: Leer, excribir, hablar y escucla: Guía para los maestros Aprender a leer, escribir, hablar y escuchar dentro y fuera del aula. Suzanne C. Carothers, author. Sesame Workshop, 2005.
- Read and Rise Facilitators’ Guide Preparing Our Children for a Lifetime of Success: A Workshop Series for Parents and Caregivers. Suzanne C. Carothers, author. Scholastic Inc., 2003.
- "Catching Sense: Learning from Our Mothers to Be Black and Female", In Families in the United States: Kinship and Domestic Politics, Eds., Karen V. Hansen and Anita Ilta Garey. Temple University Press, 1998.
- "Cooking", in Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education. Eds., Leslie Williams and Doris Fromberg, Garland Publishing, 1992.
- "Love As Seen By Others", in The Living Pulpit. Vol. 1, No. 3. July – September 1992.
- "Catching Sense: Learning from Our Mothers to be Black and Female", in Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture. Eds., Faye Ginsburg and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Beacon Press, 1990.
- "Good Learning: As Inspired By Good Teaching", in Information Update, a Literacy Assistance Center Publication. New York City, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 4-5, April 1987.
- "Contrasting Sexual Harassment in Female and Male-Dominated Occupations", co-author Peggy Crull, in My Troubles Are Going to Have Trouble with Me: Everyday Trials and Triumphs of Women Workers. Eds., Karen Sacks and Dorothy Remy, Rutgers University Press, 1984.
- "Experimenting with Foods: Opportunities for Concept Development", in The Creative Process. Ed., Charlotte Winsor, Bank Street College Publications, March 1976.
- Keynote Speaker, Partners for Success: Linking Communities, Families, and Schools (School of the 21st Century Conference).: Sponsored by the Yale University Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy. Speech entitled: "Where Does Literacy Live in All of Us?" New Haven, CT. July 17, 2002.
- Keynote Speaker, Thirteen/WNET New York and The Office of Adult and Continuing Education of the Board of Education of the City of New York 12th Annual GED Graduation and Student Recognition Ceremony: Speech entitled: "Celebrating Student Progress and Achievement". New York, NY. June 25, 2002.
- Keynote Address, Peer Conference: Linking After-School to Community. Sponsored by the After School Corporation. Speech entitled: "Making Linkages Among Learning, Literacy, Families, and Communities". New York, NY. December 18, 2001.
- Education of the Board of Education of the City of New York 12th Annual GED Graduation and Student Recognition Ceremony.: Speech entitled: Celebrating Student Progress and Achievement. New York, NY. June 25, 2002.
- Keynote Speaker, Opening Ceremony for Teaching Fellows Partnership, Bank Street College of Education and Community District 5. Speech entitled: "The Power of Teachers and the Stories They Leave Behind". The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY. June 18, 2001.
- Panelist, AERA: Presented on Panel for DVK-Invitational Session: Do You See What I See? (Knowledge and Skills Where Teacher Education Leaves Off). Paper entitled: "Beyond Naming Approaches to Understanding Needs of Learners in Classroom Settings". Seattle, WA.
- Panelist, National Association for the Education of Young Children 2000 Annual Conference. Panel Topic: "Universal Pre-K Fellows: An Innovative Model of University Partnerships to Support Professional Development". Atlanta, GA. November 9, 2000.
- Presenter, The Forum on Children and Families at NYU's Child and Family Policy Center. (Strengthening Parent Involvement in Preschool and the Early Grades). Topic: "Promoting Parental Involvement: The Role of the Teacher and Teacher Education Programs".