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Office of School and Community Partnerships
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University

OSCP Projects

"How can the College be a great college
if it is next door to failing schools?"

- Arthur Zankel, Philanthropist  and former Teachers College Trustee

Now in its fifth year, the Arthur Zankel Fellowship program provides stipends for TC master’s and doctoral students to work with inner city youth in New York. Up to fifty Zankel Fellows are selected to carry out school-based internships in TC sponsored outreach programs; for the 2011-2012 academic year, the fellowship features 13 sites, including:
  • The Literacy Specialist Program (within TC’s Department of Curriculum & Teaching), in which Fellows work directly with children at P.S. 277, a public elementary school in the South Bronx that serves children in the nation’s poorest Congressional district. The Fellows assist in strengthening the impact of inquiry rooms—a unique curricular innovation developed by the school’s principal, Cheryl Tyler, and teachers. Professor Marjorie Siegel is the faculty sponsor.

  • UMOJA Readers and Writers (URW), the academic component of the UMOJA mentoring program at Satellite Academy High School. The Zankel tutors engage black and Latino male URW in lively discussions of culturally-relevant texts in their humanities classes at Satellite. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Assistant Professor of Education, is the faculty sponsor; and

  • The Young Women’s Leadership Project, in which, three days a week after school, Fellows work with young women on a range of hands-on projects that include college readiness, leadership development and tutoring.  Monisha Bajaj, Assistant Professor of Education, is the faculty sponsor.

Arthur Zankel initially provided $1 million to create two programs, the Reading Buddies and the Math Buddies, which pair TC students with academically struggling children in six Harlem public schools. After his death in 2005, the College received a $10 million gift from his estate in June 2006 that created up to 50 one-year scholarships, to be awarded annually to both master’s and doctoral students with demonstrated financial need and the deep commitment to urban education.

TC’s Associate Vice President, Nancy Streim, says: “The Zankel Fellowship program plays an important role in extending the college’s outreach to local students, while also giving future educators authentic experiences in urban schools.”
Fellows are selected according to their interests and their fit with the available internship sites. Current sites include: Heritage High School, Reading and Math Buddies and Columbia Secondary School.  To find out more or apply for next year call: (212) 678-7420 or visit: Zankel Fellowship Website

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