Happy 2017!! The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate where we are and decide how to move forward. At The Delany Center for Educational Enrichment we plan to begin our new term on January 3 assessing each student's progress and then customizing plans designed to meet individual academic needs. Since 1972 the Center has been dedicated to helping children reach their fullest potential and our tutors continue that tradition today.
As 2016 wound down so did Honor Roll Bound, a program we launched in late fall with funding from New York State Department of Children & Youth involving 10 sixth-grade boys from Eastview School. The aim was to equip the students with academic tools and inspire them to achieve "honor roll" grades. An important component was a weekly guest who spoke to the students about how he achieved success in life. Among them was artist Piero Manrique, an immigrant from Lima, Peru, whose latest creation is "Geometric Windows," a 2,000-square-foot mural at the newly renovated City Center in White Plains. The program was well received, and the students and tutors are excited to see how they will fare in their upcoming school exams.
We also have received funding from the St. Vincent DePaul Foundation to begin a program with a history component. The tutors and I am are in the process of formulating the curriculum for this exciting new venture. Stay tuned.
Speaking of history... We will all witness U.S. history being made on January 20 when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. To help your children understand more about the presidency and American government, the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance has created an Inauguration Celebration Kit filled with hands-on learning activities. For details, click here.
I also want to share information about some wonderful books to help children appreciate and learn about the meaning behind some of the many upcoming holidays. Click here for recommendations on books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For books about Ground Hog's Day, click here. And for books about President's Day, click here.
In 2017 we also plan to continue our research into the brain and struggling readers. We will soon begin a new semester of Fast ForWord. Aimed at building reading skills, Fast ForWord evolved from the work of scientists at the University of California and Rutgers. This team started Scientific Learning after publishing two papers demonstrating that children who had abnormal temporal processing could be trained on software, which later evolved into Fast ForWord. We piloted the program last year with a group of third graders and found it exceedingly beneficial as the students improved their thinking, analyzing and synthesizing skills. The program offers instant feedback and provides each student with immediate intervention targeting foundational phonemic awareness, language, memory, attention, processing and sequencing skills. We're looking forward to the new session.
As you can see, we have a lot going on at the Center. To help meet needs of the students, I am looking for a part-time (five hours a week) assistant who has a literacy background. This person's main responsibility will be to supervise tutors. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact me at 422-4135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you and your families all the best in 2017 --
Sister St. John