Lesley Koplow, Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College of Education has been named the recipient of the Emily Fenichel Award for Leadership for 2013.
Established by the New York Zero-to-Three Network in 2007, the award honors the memory of Emily Fenichel, MSW, Associate Director of ZERO TO THREE: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, whose work often served to bring the voices of “unsung heroes” in the zero-to-three field to the fore. Because many zero-to- three leaders and professionals work quietly in their schools or organizations without much public acknowledgement, the Emily Fenichel Award is intended to provide an opportunity for their dedication to be recognized.
Lesley Koplow is the former Director of the Karen Horney Clinic Therapeutic Nursery in Manhattan. She is the author of several books including, Bears, Bears Everywhere: Supporting Children’s Emotional Health in the Classroom (Teacher’s College Press, 2008), Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal(Teachers College Press, 2007), and Creating Schools That Heal (Teachers College Press, 2002).
As a clinical social worker, teacher and author who lives in New York City, Lesley has devoted her career to finding ways to help young children in need: running daycare centers, authoring books for children, teachers, therapists and the general public. Lesley has sought to increase awareness of the needs of the zero-to-three population, particularly for the neediest of our babies: the homeless, the abused, the drug-exposed. She has carried her mission into public schools offering the creation of classrooms that speak to