Marilyn and Queens Volunteers

Concerned about the future of Parent Volunteers? Make your voice heard!
February 27th, 2017

Learning Leaders Community, Thank you for all your support! Since we announced our heartbreaking closure, many of you have been sharing your concerns about the future of parent volunteers in NYC public schools. As a family engagement organization, as always, we encourage you to use your voice. As a New Yorker, you should also feel […]

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Learning Leaders to Shutter
February 17th, 2017

While other programs operate similar training and volunteer programs, none do it “at the scale” of Learning Leaders, which operates in more than 300 schools. “We’re worried about how that will get picked up and whether parents will be continued to be used as a resource to help schools,” says Learning Leaders Executive Director Jane […]

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Notes from the Field: Celebrating and Building School Community
January 5th, 2017

In our new Notes from the Field series, we share stories from Learning Leaders program staff who train and support volunteers in over 300 schools throughout NYC. This edition comes from Felicia Wilson-Ocasio, Director of Educational Services for the Bronx and Queens. On Friday Dec 23rd I was honored to participate in PS 112 D4’s […]

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PS 20 Queens Learning Leaders Featured in UFT New York Teacher News!
December 1st, 2016

Much of the teaching team’s workload doubled this year at PS 20 in Flushing, Queens. Fortunately, Learning Leaders volunteers Laura Zelada and Chee Fong Chia were there to help. “At the start of this year, there were times when I was so overwhelmed,” said teacher Christina Tang. “This is an intense program and you always […]

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Authors, volunteers & more inspire with videos for #GivingTuesday!
November 27th, 2016

To celebrate #GivingTuesday and honor our volunteers, we’ve asked folks to share how their parents made the difference in their own educations. On Tuesday, November 29th we’ll reveal our final #GivingTuesday video with award-winning author Jason Reynolds. We’re excited to share this last video in our #ParentsMaketheDifference series. Have you missed our other inspiring videos? […]

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Author Christina Soontornvat shares how parents make the difference!
November 15th, 2016

As a child, author Christina Soontornvat learned to love reading behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant. Even when her family was too busy to sit and read with her, they gave her the space and time to devour books like A Wrinkle In Time, and encouraged her to foster a love of storytelling […]

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Parent power comes in many languges! New video & more in our latest Parent E-News.
November 10th, 2016

At Learning Leaders, we believe that parents make the difference. Check out Laura Zelada’s story of how she helps children and teachers in the dual-language program at PS 20 in Queens. While supporting the PS 20 community and making a positive difference, Laura improves her own English skills. In addition to this inspiring volunteer story, […]

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Register now for the UFT Bronx Parent Summit 2016!
November 6th, 2016

Enjoy a day of educational learning and networking opportunities at the UFT Bronx Parent Summit! Saturday, 11/12/16, 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. UFT Bronx Borough Office 2500 Halsey Street Bronx, New York 10461 The keynote speaker will be Chancellor Carmen Fariña! REGISTER NOW.

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Latest Learning Letter: New video featuring Dana Tyler!
November 5th, 2016

At Learning Leaders, we believe that parents make the difference. We’ve asked authors, like Kirkus award winner Jason Reynolds; journalists, like CBS 2 news anchor Dana Tyler; educators, volunteers, and more to share how their families impacted their educations. Check out Dana Tyler’s heartfelt message of gratitude to her own parents for encouraging her to […]

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