TC Education Zone Partnership Unites Collegeâ€™s Collaborations with City Schools
A more integrated resource for district superintendents
A key component of Teachers College's newly launched Campaign for Education Equity is demonstration projectsthat implement and test Campaign research in real communities, families and schools through programs that have the potential to become national models. The nucleus of that effort already exists in the form of the TC Education Zone Partnership, an umbrella for the many joint efforts between the college and the
"Teachers College has always been active in the
"What makes the TC Ed Zone, as we call it, different, is that it takes some of the most far-reaching and impactful of these projects and integrates and reconfigures them into a more unified resource for superintendents, principals, teachers, students, and their families and neighborhoods particularly in Regions 9 and 10 - northern Manhattan - where we, as a College, also live."
The following is a list of the major initiatives that fall under the TC Education Partnership Zone:
- The Institute of Urban Minority Affairs (
IUME). Led by Professor Emeritus Edmund Gordon, IUMEseeks to support at risk students through a scaffolding of supplementary educational services. These include an after-school program at PS 200 and parent empowerment workshops that will be conducted by Michelle Drayton-Martin of Today's Children magazine.
- The Teachers College
and Writing Project. Headed by Professor Lucy Calkins, the Reading and Writing Project - which has existed for many years prior to the launch of the TC Education Zone Partnership -- is a major curriculum provider to elementary and middle schools in the city, and holds hundreds of meetings per year to work with principals, reading coaches, parent coordinators and teachers. Reading
. Located in Heritage School East Harlemand founded by Teachers College Art Education Professor Judith Burton, this small high school gives parity to the arts in its curriculum and partners with a variety of major cultural institutions throughout the city.
for Excellent Teaching (NAfET). Under the direction of Dr. Douglas Wood, former Board of Education Commissioner for the state of National Academy Tennessee, NAfET is working to develop a national model for literacy professional development while providing teacher coaching in 30 high schools. New York City
- Say Yes to Education. Founded by Wall Street financial manager George Weiss, Say Yes identifies kindergarten students in struggling schools as future recipients of full scholarships for college and then provides them with the after school programs, counseling and other supports to make sure they get there. Teachers College was selected this past September as the university partner to Say Yes in
as it works with more than 400 current elementary school students at P.S. 161, P.S. 180, P.S. 57, P.S. 83, and P.S. 182. New York City
- The Cahn Fellows. Created through the generosity of Charles and Jane Cahn, friends of the college, this program identifies outstanding
principals and convenes them in a cohort for a year of mentoring, professional development and work to improve their own schools. New York City
- The Petrie Fellows. Under the auspices of the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation in collaboration with Teachers College, 10 incoming students at TC receive $50,000 scholarships in exchange for a commitment to teach in
schools for five years after graduation. Ten other students receive $10,000 each for a one year commitment. Each Petrie Fellow is chosen by a blue ribbon panel that includes leaders from business, the non-profit sector and education. New York City
- The TC Reading Buddies. Funded by TC trustee Arthur Zankel, 40 TC pre-service teachers receive credit for reading with struggling students at four neighborhood elementary schools -- PS 123, PS 125, PS 154 and CS 200 -- for two hours each day, five days a week, through the semester.
Peace Corps Fellows. This program - the first of its kind, and now emulated at dozens of other colleges and universities in the U.S. - fast-tracks returning Peace Corps veterans into teaching in some of New York City's most challenging public schools. In celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the program receives letters of commendation from Senator Hillary Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and many others.
- The Student Publishing Initiative (SPI). Sponsored by Teachers College Professor Ruth Vinz through the college's
Morse , and directed by TC doctoral student Erick Gordon, SPI enables students in Centerfor the Professional Education of Teachers New York Cityand schools to self-publish anthologies of their own writing on different topics. The anthologies are then sold with the school system as teaching tools. Most recently, SPI worked with young prisoners at New Jersey to produce Killing the Sky, an anthology of the prisoners' life stories. Rikers Island
- The New
(NTA). This program works to boost retention of new teachers during their first years on the job, a period when the greatest turnover occurs. Teacher Academy
In addition, Teachers College has partnered with
The TC Education Zone Partnership also recently partnered with PS 125 in a special drama program centering on the Supreme Court's landmark Brown vs. Board of Education ruling.
Published Thursday, Jun. 9, 2005