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Partners for Learning

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For more information on the Partners for Learning program, please call 585-389-2307.

Partners for Learning

The Partners for Learning program engages Nazareth students in partnerships with the children, teachers, and staff of nine urban sites: School #2, School #4, School #36, School #41, the Discovery Charter School, the Lewis Street YMCA, EnCompass @ the Discovery Charter School, Southwest Area Neighborhood Center, and Hope Hall. These partnerships are designed to help raise the academic performance and educational aspirations of the children, while heightening the social awareness and sharpening the professional skills of Nazareth students.

Partners work in classrooms at School #4, School #36, School #41, the Discovery Charter School, and Hope Hall with small groups or one-on-one with students, and their work is usually assigned and supervised by individual teachers. Nazareth students gain experience in a school setting and supporting students in a variety of subject areas.

The Lewis Street YMCA, Southwest Area Neighborhood Center, EnCompass @ the Discovery Charter School, and School #2 programs provide Partners with the experience of an after-school tutoring program. Nazareth students work one-on-one with students who have been recommended by teachers for extra help in specific areas. Partners get experience in planning and developing materials necessary for tutoring.

Partners are required to attend six workshops and reflection groups each semester. These cover a variety of topics that relate to issues that are pertinent to the work, such as: discipline in the classrooms, diversity issues, and urban education. This format includes input from Nazareth faculty, teachers and administrators from sites, and opportunity for small group discussions.

Nazareth students who serve in the Partners for Learning Program are compensated through federal work-study and college employment funds.

Partners Council

The Partners Council consists of experienced Partners who assist in the leadership of the program and are Site Coordinators who serve as a liaison between Partners for Learning and their site. The Council members:

•    Help with orientation of the new Partners to the program.

•    Work with the Staff Coordinator and Student Coordinators regarding staffing assignments.

•    Review the goals of the Partners for Learning program.

•    Give input for reflection groups and workshops.

•    Work together to resolve issues concerning Partners.

•    Communicate with Staff Coordinator and Student Coordinators, Partners, teachers, and administrators as appropriate.

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