Community Based OrganizationsOne of the goals of Teaching Residents at Teachers College is to enhance the learning of our residents by providing opportunities for them to appreciate and experience formal and informal learning environments. In order to accomplish this goal, we are establishing partnerships with several community based organizations (CBO) in which our residents volunteer.
Teaching Residents commit to:
- Working a minimum of 3 hours per week at their volunteer site
- Remaining in their placement through the Fall semester
- Fully participating in pre-established, structured programs, activities, and/or tasks as assigned by the CBO
- Attending any volunteer orientations hosted by the CBO
- Maintaining accurate records, tracking their volunteer hours and activities
Collaborating Community Based Organizations
Corpus Christi School The Corpus Christi School is a school that serves pre-kindergarten to eighth grade children in the neighborhood surrounding Columbia University. "Our distinctive purpose is to create a Christian educational community that is enlightened by our Catholic faith, values and tradition. We welcome and are enriched by children of all faiths, nationalities, and ethnicities." This school welcomes Teaching Resident volunteers to help in pre-K classrooms.
Doing Art Together Doing Art Together offers "hands-on art workshops that engage children in the importance of college and following their dreams, while allowing children to work with one another and with their parents" as well as a curriculum that is developed with collaborating of staff and teaching artists. Doing Art Together has established several kinds of partnerships throughout the city and works with children at sites affiliated with the Department of Juvenile Justice, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and homeless shelters.
The Family Annex The Family Annex is a parent cooperative preschool that is affiliated with Columbia University. The school community extends from the Columbia University area to Harlem and serves a diverse group of 42 students. The school welcomes Teaching Resident volunteers to work directly with students or to assist in administrative tasks.
Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc. Figure Skating in Harlem "provides Harlem girls with vital educational and fitness opportunities that promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage academic achievement. On the ice, our students experience the joys of skating, improve their health and fitness, and develop valuable life skills, such as focus, discipline, teamwork, and goal setting. Off the ice, our students engage in hours of extra class work that strengthen core academic skills and boost academic achievement." Teaching Residents are welcome volunteer as academic tutors who help participants with homework. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this program through April.
The Leadership Program The Leadership Program is an on-site program at the High School for Violin and Dance.
Riverside Language Program The Riverside Language Program "offers free classes in English to Speakers of Other Languages to immigrants and refugees from all over the world, who are currently living in New York City." Riverside Language program welcomes Teaching Resident volunteers to participate in conversations with adult students who are practicing English. Lunch time conversations take place from 1-2 pm.