Buckley Country Day School has been an affiliate school of Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project since the 2010-2011 school year. “Our teachers and administrators now have access to the unparalleled resources and think-tank provided by one of the world’s most highly-regarded graduate schools of education. Project Director Lucy Calkins is an acclaimed authority and published author in the field of reading and writing instruction,” says Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel.
The purpose of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, which has been in existence for close to thirty years, is to support literacy instruction in grades K-8 through research and professional development.
As part of the network of Teachers College affiliate schools, Buckley is able to take advantage of the following:
A Teachers College consultant provides on-site professional development for Buckley teachers.
Buckley teachers are eligible to attend conference days at Teachers College throughout the year to support their work in reading, writing, content-area literacy, and data-based assessment at specific grade levels. The day-long workshops are staffed by national literacy leaders.
Workshops are offered for parents that give them the opportunity to listen to experts in literacy education and learn how to support their children's growth in reading and writing.
Teachers are given access to an interactive website that the Project offers in support of our reading and writing curriculum.
A Buckley school administrator also has the opportunity to attend workshops on new initiatives and information in the field of literacy education and school leadership, and become part of a study group with other school leaders.