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Jefferson Elementary School

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Brian Osborne, Superintendent
Kimmerly Nieves, Principal
Dennis DeBay, ,M'ville PDS Liaison

Jefferson Elementary School officially became Manhattanville College's second Professional Development School on October 27, 2008. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrated the collaboration. Since the partnership began, several initiatives have been started.

Field-based literacy methods courses are taught at Jefferson every semester. These courses afford everyone involved with deep learning experiences. For the classroom teacher, participating in a field-based class is a professional learning opportunity. Teachers observe modeled lessons and meet weekly with the professor to discuss and plan for instruction. These courses have focused on introducing and implementing reading and writing workshops, which allows Manhattanville student's the opportunity to teach mini-lessons, confer with students, and teach small groups. Jefferson student's receive additional support from adults and have enjoyed reading and writing celebrations!

We have focused on college preparation for both 5th grade students and their families! Fifth grade students and their families also visit Manhattanville and spend the day exploring campus, and hearing about all of the benefits of a college education.

Dr. Courtney Kelly designed an after-school tutoring program. Manhattanville students enrolled in the course "Literacy Instruction for English Language Learners" work with students from Jefferson for 4-6 weeks on literacy based projects.