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History: Reflections from PS 154  ☆

In 2006, the TC Reading & Math Buddies Program was in place at PS 123. Below, a teacher and Buddies reflect on the experience. "Reading Buddies has provided a one-on-one literacy support for our students. This has definitely impacted the progress of the students in a very positive way. Their skills have improved from it” …

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History: Reflections from PS123 

In 2006, the TC Reading & Math Buddies Program was in place at PS 123. Below, a teacher and a Buddy reflect on the experience. “Having our Reading Buddy not only motivates the kids she works with to improve their reading, but it gives them the extra one-on-one time that I, as the teacher, am …

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Public confidence 

Today, my students attended a short presentation where a guest author read a children’s story that she had recently had published.  The students enjoyed listening to the story, and connected with the author, who was a local community member, and had written the book about her grandchildren.  The author began encouraging the students to write …

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Reflections: October to Today 

This is a look back on my four third-grade Buddies: where they were when we met, how they've grown in five short months, and what I expect from the rest of this semester. AR and I only met in December. She didn't like reading, and only wanted to do math (in itself not a bad …

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Back From Break 

I returned from our holiday break with fresh eyes, and was able to see a lot of progress that my students had made since the beginning of the school year!  I wanted to share a few stories of success: One of my tutees, R, had been getting in trouble for not doing her homework.  I was …

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Seeing the Growth 

This year I was lucky enough to be able to work with one of my buddies for a second year. He was held back and had to repeat the first grade. When I began working with him he was drastically different than his first year. When I first met him he barely spoke. When I …

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Themes and Routines 

Though my kids have always eagerly finished their morning routines so they could be ready for our sessions, only recently has this turned into a competitive frenzy to be the first one into the hall. Of course, I encourage them to be kind and supportive of one another, and so I express my disapproval of …

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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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Sam Barkin, Reading Buddy! 

Few psychologists can claim that their careers began under the big top. Growing up in Berkeley, I had the unique pleasure of having an extended family of circus performers and civil rights activists. My mentors Wavy Gravy and Patch Adams taught me clowning as a political instrument for justice, and strategy for love. Now in …

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Marissa Hanson, Reading Buddy! 

Marissa Hanson holds a Bachelor's of Music degree in vocal performance from New York University with a concentration in music theatre. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to her studies, Marissa has begun her fifth year of teaching at The Diller Quaile School of …

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Aura Abing, Reading Buddy! 

Hello!  My name is Aura Frances G. Abing. I was born and raised in sunny California and did the big move to the East Coast last year. I attended the University of California, Berkeley where I majored in Psychology with minors in Education and Interdisciplinary Studies of Early Childhood. I worked comprehensively in tutoring programs …

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Sandy Pope, Reading Buddy! 

Hey! I'm Alexander "Sandy" Pope. Born and raised in Austin, TX, I moved to NYC in 2009 to pursue a PhD in social studies education at Teachers College. Now in my second year of that program, I'm also starting my second year as a TC Reading Buddy. I love the Buddies program because it gives …

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Karin Van Orman, Reading Buddy! 

Hello!  My name is Karin Van Orman, and I’m a new to the Reading Buddy program.  I’m a first-year doctoral student in English Education, and this is my first time living in New York City.  Most recently, I was the English Department Chair for a girls’ boarding school in New Jersey, but earlier in my career I taught English …

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Yolanda Bromfield, Reading Buddy! 

Hello, everyone! My name is Yolanda Bromfield and I will be a Math Buddy! I’m a first year MA student in the Sociology and Education program at Teachers College. I am interested in a plethora of intellectual topics, but am most interested in intergenerational poverty and its affect on the education of youth. Originally from …

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Rachel Althof, Reading Buddy! 

Rachel Smith Althof moved to New York City from Columbus, Ohio to begin her studies at Teachers College. In addition to being a second-year Zankel Fellow Reading Buddy, she is currently a doctoral student and instructor in Art and Art Education program. She received her Bachelor of Art Education with Distinction and Masters of Art in …

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Christina Esche, Reading Buddy! 

My name is Christina Esche and I'm glad to be participating in my second year as a TC Reading Buddy.  I'm originally from Woodbury, CT and earned my BA in Dance and Elementary Education at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.  For a year after college I taught first grade in Doylestown, PA, but found myself …

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Ewelina Kotowska, Reading Buddy! 

Hi, My name is Ewelina Kotowska and I will be a TC Reading Buddy this year. I am originally from Poland, but grew up in several cities of Long Island, New York. I received my B.A. in Psychology from the University at Buffalo and I am now continuing my studies in pursuit of a Master …

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