On April 19, I had the privilege of attending an intimate dinner for some of our most celebrated community partners—classroom teachers.
Five amazing CCNY faculty members from the Secondary Education Engaged Department brought together teachers from PS/MS 161, MS 328, and Bronx Science High School. The event began with dinner and heartfelt appreciation from each of the faculty and concluded with an invigorating discussion about ways to continue creating time and space for productive conversations.
What I loved most about this event was not only hearing about how the teachers had developed our students by exposing them to new challenges and experiences in the classroom and throughout the school building; it was also learning about how much the teachers appreciated our service-learning students and how our students’ energy and ideas have enhanced their teaching in such a reciprocal fashion, beyond the traditional collaborative lesson planning. Their additions brought a Social Studies expo, tai chi, special education awareness, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and theater education into classrooms. Even better, I learned that many students were hired as full time teachers after their experiences in these schools.—Genéa Stewart
Genéa Stewart is director of service-learning at the Center. Read more about her here.