The Collaborative Teacher Project is on hold for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Please check back or contact us if you are interested in applying for the

2021 – 2022 school year.


A mentoring program for early childhood educators


The Collaborative Teacher Project (CTP) was created in 2015 to address the inequity in early education in Los Angeles. Since its inception, CTP has partnered with nine Title I LAUSD schools where up to 96% of the children qualify for free lunch. While Los Angeles is rich in diversity, a great disparity exists in the early education offered across its zip codes. In classrooms where creative experiences and engaging intellectual challenges take precedence over scripted instruction and rote learning, children discover their passions and develop a deep love of learning. CTP classrooms are designed to nurture curiosity, flexibility, creative thinking, and democratic values that provide children with the best preparation for academic success and responsible citizenry. 


We begin by connecting master early childhood mentors with public Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten teachers who often lack the resources or exposure to creative, child-centered approaches. With the help of teachers, parents, administrators and community volunteers, we physically transform drab, outdated, and often dilapidated classrooms into inspiring spaces of learning for children. With the addition of new furniture, fixtures, and learning materials, CTP classrooms are designed to engage children’s curiosity and wonder. 
Well-designed early childhood classrooms are integral to childhood cognitive, emotional, and social development, but this is not enough. During the two school years that follow, CTP mentors work side-by- side with teachers in their classrooms – mentoring, modeling and inspiring deeply reflective teaching practices. Our weekly mentoring visits provide intensive support for teachers, designed to assist them in recognizing the competencies of children and the vital role teachers play in fostering critical, collaborative, and creative thinking.




The Collaborative Teacher Project also includes:

  • Workshops

  • Visits to other model programs

  • Professional development meetings with the administrators, teachers and instructional aides

  • Parent meeting support, as needed

  • Pre- and post-assessments to  evaluate professional growth and to measure student outcomes