Jean Yves Plaisir

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Jean Y. Plaisir is Professor of Teacher Education at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York.

Professor Plaisir holds a doctorate and two master's degrees from Columbia University Teachers College, with studies in TESOL, Comparative and International Education, and Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in Bilingual Education and Information Technology. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hunter College/CUNY, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Classical Studies (Latin and Greek) and Romance Languages (French and Spanish Literature).

Currently, Professor Plaisir teaches coursework in early childhood, childhood, and bilingual education at BMCC. His research interest focuses on the dispositions of Black males toward becoming teachers, particularly in the early grades, and Plaisir has been featured on a variety of publications and recruitment efforts seeking to increase the number of men in the Early Childhood field.




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In 2016, Dr. Plaisir received a major research award from the Foundation for Child Development to lead a two-year, place-based study examining internal and external factors that influence men's decisions to teach children in New York City Universal PreK and Early Learning settings. This study is one of eight studies funded by the Foundation, which has brought together a diverse group of scholars and policy-makers (a.k.a. The New York City Early Childhood Research Network) to explore ways to enhance quality early childhood experiences for your young children and their families in the New York CIty education system. Dr. Plaisir is also collaborating with an international research group comprising of scholars from 12 different countries examining issues relating to gender, diversity, and inclusion in the early childhood workforce.
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