Free Math, Reading Program Starts Saturday in Teaneck

Program founded by town's school board president.

A free math and reading enrichment program for second through 12th graders will begin Saturday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Teaneck.

The program, called Math Adventures & Word Play, is open to Teaneck residents and others throughout the New York metro area. It will offer a range of math, reading and writing instruction, according to Teaneck Board of Education President Ardie Walser, the program’s co-founder.

The math sessions will provide instruction for elementary, middle and high schoolers in a range of areas from basic arithmetic to calculus. In the “word play” program, instruction on areas including reading comprehension, essays and creative writing will be offered.  

Walser is seeking volunteers from various background to assist. New volunteers are asked to arrive at 10 a.m. for registration and orientation.

In addition to offering extra instruction for young people, the program will also provide sessions for parents.

“The Parent Center is a program designed to help parents become better advocates for their children,” Walser said in an email.

Last year, the parent program included Teaneck school officials who spoke on topics including New Jersey’s standardized tests and special education.

The program will begin Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. at 118 Chadwick Road in Teaneck and last through March 30, 2013.

For more information, contact Ardie Walser at 201-287-1234 or walser@ccny.cuny.edu, or Kesha Rodriguez at kerodz@optonline.net. Details are also attached in PDF format here. 

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Keith Kaplan October 03, 2012 at 02:50 AM
“The Parent Center is a program designed to help parents become better advocates for their children,” If the parents truly want to be better advocates for their children, they'd demand a change to the way we teach mathematics to begin with. http://www.ted.com/talks/conrad_wolfram_teaching_kids_real_math_with_computers.html
Keith Kaplan October 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
This chart would be sad even if we didn't keep falling behind other developed nations in our Math and Science rankings: http://mat.usc.edu/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/
Tom Abbott October 06, 2012 at 04:08 AM
The monetary comparisons on these charts are not adjusted for the differences in the the economic conditions in these countries making the charts pretty but not really useful. The first section in particular is largely a reflection of population rather than educational cost. The very fact that it is the lead off chart is an indication of an attempt at statistical bias. If India or China had been included their bubble's would likely dwarf the US and mean as little as this chart. There are serious problems with the United States educational system but it will not be solved by focusing on cost over quality. Mr. Kaplan a consistent proponent of helping Teaneck's public schools by cutting school budgets has no understanding of education and only focuses on money.
zizi October 06, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Teachers and school administrators don't like standardized tests because they expose the quality of education our kids receive and forces them to work harder to justify the automatic raises they all enjoy...... It is amazing how these people fail to see the evil of automatic raises.... no one should be entitled to an automatic raise..... raises should be tied to the results the students produce......
Keith Kaplan October 07, 2012 at 01:38 AM
My main comment dealt with the METHODS we use to teach mathematics in this Country. See the video by Conrad Wolfram - I stand by that contention as well as the fact that we keep falling in international rankings. Also see: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-07/teens-in-u-s-rank-25th-on-math-test-trail-in-science-reading.html The attempts by Mr. Abbott to malign me notwithstanding, I have consistently been against spending money POORLY. I have no objection to paying money towards worthwhile public school endeavors. I am a PRODUCT of public school education and my family consists of retired as well as current public school teachers. Countries such as Korea, Canada, Japan and Finland have spent MORE money and used it to better the staff available for teaching. Using money for such an endeavor here (including mandatory apprenticeships for teachers and training in specific disciplines) would do wonders for the state of education here. Videos such as this one explain why the system we have right now is devastating to the FUTURE of education: http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html If you want to discuss my POINTS, Tom, I'm all for it. But, by claiming (falsely) that I'm merely for cutting budgets to improve schools - you show yourself to be an outright liar.


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