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Social Capital and TC Buddies 

Positive, strong social support systems can lead to a higher probability of a child’s academic performance —even though modestly reported. The functionality of each relationship within the social network is the crux of its strength. A healthy, positive social structure, can influence a child’s academic success rate. The TC Buddy system, exemplifies the strength of …

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We Have To Trust Each Other: Functional Adult Networks Create Social Capital for Students  ☆

Current research on social capital shows that vast and varied structural and functional networks affect student achievement on high-stakes, state-mandated student achievement tests.  Student success is, therefore, affected not only by the students' own disposition and characteristics, but also affected by social capital in the forms of community support, parental involvement in and support of …

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Challenging Keys to Success  ☆

During the last week of training, the Buddies focused on what makes our program work. The benefits of daily, one-on-one work with underperforming students are apparent, but within that framework are a series of benefits and challenges that make the TC Reading & Math Buddies unique. Many begin with the concept of control. Buddies are …

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Digital Portfolios  ☆

One of the benefits we get from the TC Buddies is the chance to work with a diverse cohort. We have Buddies (or, if you prefer, Zankel Fellows) from all sorts of disciplines: clinical pysch, english ed, art ed, math ed, etc, etc. Getting to spend a full year with all of these different types …

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Visual Representations  ☆

While we listened to the presentation today regarding human tendencies in the perception of time and space in visual representations, I thought about my pre-educational life doing graphic design for marketing. In that environment, I was introduced to the work of information design giants like Edward Tufte. Tufte, who was recently appointed to the Recovery …

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Reflecting on Looking Forward  ☆

My reading and math buddy training sessions have definitely brought me back to early childhood days. From writing with my left hand to creating shapes with arts and crafts, I have recaptured my early childhood memories of first and second grade. As a Math Buddy, it was fun to create visual images of trapezoids and …

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Natalya Bogopolskaya, Math Buddy! 

I was born in Yalta, Ukraine. My family immigrated to the United States when I was 7, and I grew up in San Francisco. I went to a Chinese immersion middle school and a French high school. For undergrad, I went to Claremont McKenna College, where I majored in French, Russian, and Psychology. After college, …

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Alyssa Milanes, Math Buddy! 

Hi! My name is Alyssa Milanes, and I am so excited to be a TC Math Buddy this year. I was born and raised in Miami, Fl, but I have slowly worked my way up North! I received my B.S. in Psychology from Davidson College in North Carolina. I am currently in my first year …

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Nathan Alexander, Math Buddy! 

Greetings! My name is Nathan and I will be starting my second term as a Math Buddy - so exciting! I am currently a Doctoral student in the Mathematics program at Teachers College; my research interests surround advancement and achievement of minority youth in mathematics at the elementary,  secondary and college levels. As an Adjunct …

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Josh Tecchio, Math Buddy! 

Josh is studying Psychological Counseling and loving absolutely every minute.  The mind is a beautiful thing and he loves massaging it.  After finishing at Columbia, Josh is hoping to move to London to do a Ph.D. and start treating people.  He's a lover of traveling and lived for 2 years in Spain before coming to …

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Erin Bumgarner, Math Buddy! 

Erin Bumgarner is a second-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and a graduate research fellow at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University. Ms. Bumgarner earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from American University in Washington DC. After graduating, she moved to Boston where she worked as a teacher and completed her …

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Huiting Liu, Math Buddy! 

Hi! My name is Huiting and I'm honored to serve as a new TC Math Buddy this year. I recently graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Policy Studies and am now pursuing an MA in Clinical Psychology at TC with a focus on Personality and Psychopathology. I'm passionate about social …

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Terrance McKnight, Math Buddy! 

Greetings!  I am Terrance McKnight, a Zankel Urban Fellow Math Buddy; this is my 2nd year in the program, as my joyous experience last year inspired me to pursue this opportunity again. This is my 2nd and final year in the Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College.  I currently hold a …

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Alicia Chung, Math Buddy! 

My name is Alicia Chung and I am a first-year Math Buddy. I grew up in New York City and am a native of the Harlem schooldistricts. After graduating from A. Philip Randolph High School in 2001, I pursued my BA/MPH at Tufts University. During this …

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Vanessa Dabel, Math Buddy 

Hello, my name is Vanessa Dabel and I am so excited to be a Math Buddy! I am a first year MA student in the Developmental Psychology program at Teachers College, with a concentration in Risk, Resilience, and Prevention.  I recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Italian Studies.  I am …

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Taylor Knotts, Math Buddy! 

My name is Taylor Knotts, and I just moved to New York City in August 2010 from Atlanta, GA where I was born and raised. Iattended the University of Georgia and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Biology. Since then I have been working in …

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Meghan Chidsey, Math Buddy! 

Hi, my name is Meghan! I am a first year Anthropology and Education PhD student at Teacher’s College. Born and raised in New Jersey, I received my Bachelors of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame where I was also an Anthropology major. Following my years in South Bend, Indiana, I completed my Masters of …

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Shawnee Cohn, Math Buddy! 

Hi! My name is Shawnee Cohn and I am very much looking forward to being a Math Buddy this year. I am currently pursuing an M.A. in Cognitive Studies in Education at Teachers College. I have a B.A. in communication with a minor in human development …

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