Happy 2016! I'm sure you'll agree that the start of a new year is always thrilling. At The Delany Center for Educational Enrichment we are planning a year filled with innovative learning opportunities for students as well as parents.
We hit the ground running on January 4 when our six-day-a-week Tutoring Program resumed. Weekdays starting at 3:30 PM and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM children age 5 - 18 work with tutors sharpening their literacy and math skills. Our devoted tutors take pride in seeing their students succeed. If you have a neighbor, relative or friend whose child could benefit from academic support or challenge, I hope you will refer them to The Center. Word of mouth is our best form of advertising!
We are especially excited about two new programs The Center is offering. On January 23 we began Fast ForWord, a computer-based reading program aimed at helping students develop and strengthen the cognitive skills necessary for successful reading and learning. Developed by scientists with expertise in the areas of brain plasticity, cognitive development and reading instruction, Fast ForWord is designed to adapt the nature and difficulty of the content based on individual student responses. To help defray the cost of the laptops needed for the program we launched a GoFundMe campaign. If you would like to contribute, please click here.
On January 24 we will begin Tic Tac Talk for fifth and sixth graders from Mt. Carmel School in Elmsford. The program will provide these students the opportunity to discuss their favorite books in small groups, encouraging one another to read, read, read.
I hope to see many of you on March 12 at our 2016 Symposium -- The Brain & Memory. Andrew C. Watson, MEd, MA, President of Translate the Brain, will discuss how to bridge the daunting gulf between the complexities of brain research and the practical needs of learning and teaching. The event, to be held at Pace Law School (78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY), will be an excellent opportunity for parents, teachers, administrators and psychologists. To learn more about Translate the Brain, click here.
Plans are currently underway for the 2nd Annual Delany Literacy Awards, which will be held on April 2. Stay tuned for details. And, Family Literacy Day on June 4 promises to be fun and informative. The event will feature children's book author and illustrator Daniel J. Mahoney, whose picture books entertain and enchant children of all ages. To learn more Mr. Mahoney, click here.
Although it's winter, plans are already underway for our 2016 Summer Reading & Writing Program, which will be held from July 5 -28. For children in grades K - 5, the program combines age-appropriate, theme-based learning with games and arts and crafts. To find out more or register your child, contact me at 914-422-4135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you can see The Center's 2016 calendar is quickly filling up with events and programs aimed a making children lifelong learners. I know how busy your lives are but I hope you will able to join us for some, if not all, of these worthwhile endeavors.
Before I close, here's a fun fact about 2016. It's a Leap Year which means there will be 366 days, the extra day being February 29. Leap Year began in order to align the earth's rotation around the sun with our seasons. So, in order to get lined up, every four years we add an extra day to account for the additional time the earth takes to travel around the sun.
Happy Leap Year --
Sr. St. John Delany, PhD Director