Do You Have Math Anxiety?

by on September 4, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »

Find out by taking this interactive quiz from The New York Times!

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Paths to MCNY: Layla St. Hilaire

by on August 17, 2015 in Paths To MCNY, Uncategorized with No Comments »

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Layla St. Hilaire was born and raised in New York City.  Her family is from Grenada and she tries to visit her Grandmother there as often as she can.  Layla joined the work force immediately after finishing high school.  She often told herself she would go to college but other things got in the way. With the encouragement of a close friend and former MCNY student, as well as the support of several of her clients, Layla made the call and enrolled at MCNY in Human Services.

Before coming to MCNY, Layla worked as a home health aide. Currently, she works for the NYC Housing Authority. Her favorite part of working in the home health field was the great relationships she built with clients. Working with people is a skill that comes naturally to her.

Layla’s goal at MCNY is not only to get her degree but to learn more about herself and others. The demands of work and school keep her busy but she enjoys staying active and finds learning to be an enjoyable experience. In the future, Layla hopes to work with people with developmental disabilities.



Paths to MCNY: Kayo Kudo

by on July 16, 2015 in Paths To MCNY with No Comments »


Biography of Myself: Kayo Kudo

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Until recently, I worked for the Japanese Consulate full time for 5 years. I have also been teaching at the Japanese community school, Brooklyn Nihongo Gakuen (BNG), on Saturday for three years. Teaching at the BNG has been very challenging because we only meet once a week, but I find so much joy and passion in helping my students learn. It is my wish to do this amazingly rewarding job as my full time career.

Today, there is a movement to meet the needs of bilingual education into the public school system.  I am very fortunate to have been introduced to a group of amazing individuals who are creating the first Japanese-English Dual Language Program in New York City. Through my current community work at BNG, I have been offered a position to work as a bilingual teacher after obtaining a teaching license.

After this opportunity came into my life, I was searching for several graduate programs around the city. When I came into the graduate open house for MCNY, I was very impressed with their educational method, a purpose-centered education. I also found many staff including admission specialists and professors from the Education department were very kind and helpful.

Since I joined MCNY’s the Master of Science in Education, I have been having amazing and intensive learning experiences from my classes, professors, and fieldwork. At the beginning of the first semester, I was having hard time completing my assignments on time since this program is required to take 6 classes per semester. During this time, my writing specialist from the learning enhancement center, Polly, patiently listened to my concerns and obstacles. Polly helped me not only for improving my writing but also developing essential skills including time management and graphic organizers to become an efficient learner. She always gives me positive encouragements and insightful feedback to motivate me to be a better writer. Through her assistance, I have been able to improve my writing skill to express my thoughts and opinions in better manners.

The whole MCNY family including my professors and learning enhancement center staff helps me to become a true educator who can inspire and guide students to realize their potential while providing nurturing learning environment. The MCNY supports me to pursue my dream job to work with children with both Japanese and American heritage in the near future.


“First Generation Students Unite”

by on July 16, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


“Cuts in food stamps are more than just a discussion topic.” – Travis Reginal, Yale

In this article, first-generation students at Ivy colleges speak out about their challenges, in particular highlighting their common experience of disjunction in class and with other students. Their reflections prompt this writer to appreciate anew MCNY’s cohort model, as it’s possible to observe MCNY students supporting each other daily — support which seems essential for folks as the very first in their families to attend college. Laura Pappano’s (2015) article originally appeared in The New York Times.


The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

by on July 13, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


In this collection of thoughts, well-known authors extol the creative benefits of keeping a daily journal.



The Waldorf Education Model

by on July 2, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »

waldorfIn 1919, in Stuttgart, Germany, Austrian Rudolf Steiner opened the first Waldorf school, which emphasized a humanistic model of pedagogy. Today there are over 1,000 schools in 60 countries. Here’s a the first part of a longer video that explains what Waldorf education is all about.


Apps to Help You Brainstorm!

by on June 18, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »

light bulbs sketched on chalkboard Many small ideas make a big one

light bulbs sketched on chalkboard Many small ideas make a big one

This short video reviews three apps that support brainstorming — one that offers prompts to help you think outside the box, one that invites you to add to word and image arrangements to stir your creative juices, and one that allows you to create thought maps that visually organize your ideas.


Bill Gates Tells People Not to be Like Him

by on June 4, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »

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A recent blog post by Bill Gates, perhaps the most famous college dropout in the world, urges students to not be like him and graduate from college.


Embrace the Near Win

by on June 1, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »

In this Ted Talk, art historian and critic Sarah Lewis talks about creativity and the importance and power of the near win.


Why Write?

by on May 22, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »


Insightful essayist, Joan Didion, discusses her path to becoming a writer and how writing has enriched her life in these excerpts from “Why I Write.”




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