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Sarah Lawrence College Receives $103,000 Grant to Help Economically Disadvantaged Youth Become Teachers PDF Print Email


By Judith Schwartzstein, Vice President for Publicity, Sarah Lawrence College 

Dec. 21, 2016:  The best way to train teachers to understand the challenges faced by inner-city children-at-risk is to have teachers who come from those communities.

That's the thinking behind Sarah Lawrence College's Art of Teaching graduate program, which has just received a five-year grant from New York State's Teacher Opportunity Corps to help expand its work in Yonkers public schools. The grant was recently announced by the New York State Education Department.

"This Teacher Opportunity Corps initiative is a natural extension of the relationship Sarah Lawrence College already has with the community of Yonkers," said Kathleen Ruen, acting director of the Art of Teaching program. "The grant offers us vital support and helps us to expand the work we are doing to prepare our students to teach in disadvantaged communities, as well as to recruit students from minority backgrounds and help them become teachers."

Under the grant, which comes from the state's department of education, the Art of Teaching program will receive $103,334 in 2017 and up to $659,000 over five years. The money will be used to fund the tuition and transportation costs of the program's pre-service teachers, support the teaching of an additional course addressing the needs of children placed at risk, and help develop certificate programs in special education and bilingual education.

In addition, the grant will create a teacher-mentoring program in partnership with Yonkers's Cedar Place Elementary School, a pre-K through eighth-grade magnet school whose student body is 96 percent minority, with 76 percent coming from families whose incomes are at or near the poverty line. 

The Art of Teaching is a child-centered (birth through sixth grade), culturally sensitive interdisciplinary teacher education program centered on observation of children. The program gives students a solid philosophical background in current thinking about educational theory and practice. Students work with children at every point in the program.

Sarah Lawrence's program was one of 56 across the state that received a total of $10 million as part of two New York State My Brother's Keeper Initiatives: the Teacher Opportunity Corps II (TOC) and the MBK Challenge Grant Program.

Pictured here:  A Sarah Lawrence student participating in the interdisciplinary teacher education program.

Photo courtesy Judith Schwartzstein, Vice President for Publicity, Sarah Lawrence College



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Georgia Hunter, Author of 'We Were the Lucky Ones,' to Speak at Concordia College on Holocaust Remembrance Day Thursday, April 12

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By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Associate, Marketing, Concordia College Mar. 28, 2018:   On Thursday, April 12, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day for 2018, Concordia College will welcome Georgia Hunter to...


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The Bronxville Adult School is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1957 and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The School "offers all adults of Bronxville and surrounding communities the opportunity for personal growth through life enhancing skills and provides cultural, intellectual and recreational stimulation at a nominal cost."

The Bronxville Adult School
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P.O. Box 334, Bronxville NY 10708


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The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children.  All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

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Concordia College was founded in 1881. It is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Bronxville. Concordia's Accelerated Degree Programs are designed to give you the skills to be competitive in your chosen career or in graduate school. 

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