Roosevelt Children's Academy Expands Partnership with Hofstra University -- Hofstra Student Teachers to be at RCA

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Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School (RCA) has entered into an agreement with Hofstra University's School of Education, Health and Human Services in Hempstead, Long Island. Under this agreement, graduate students in the school's education program will be assigned field placements at RCA.

Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School (RCA) has entered into an agreement with Hofstra University's School of Education, Health and Human Services in Hempstead, Long Island. Under this agreement, graduate students in the school's education program will be assigned field placements at RCA.

Founded in 2000, RCA is a K-8 public charter school with more that 500 students located in Roosevelt and is the first charter school established on Long Island. RCA prepares each student scholar with the academic and life skills necessary for college and beyond. RCA accomplishes this through on going professional development of their teachers, actively involving parents, the community and other resources to engage in activities that are critical to the academic achievement of our scholars.

"We are excited about the possibilities this partnership with an outstanding institution, such as Hofstra University, will create for our teachers, students and our community at large," said Roxanne Greco-Ashley, RCA's Superintendent. "Our teachers will provide excellent role modeling of teaching for our field placement participants and our students will see the relevancy of education to their success in life."

"We are continually seeking areas of mutual interest and benefit with our community partners and are always seeking high quality field placements that are congruent with the Hofstra philosophy of education. This partnership should enhance the educational experience for Hofstra SOEHHS graduate students as well as for the students of the Roosevelt Children's Academy," said David Foulk, Dean of the School of Education, Health and Human Services (SOEHHS). Donna Levinson, Assistant Dean for External Relations for the SOEHHS added, "Community partnerships with area schools enhance the learning experience not only for our student teachers but for the host school."

"RCA recognizes the important contribution's Hofstra University makes to our children and our community. RCA is very pleased and proud to continue to partner with the University. We are already partnering with the University through the America Reads/Counts Program; our scholars participate in an annual college tour of the institution and RCA participates in the University's Career Center employer activities," said Ella Portero, RCA Director of Public Relations.

The America Reads College Internship Program assigns tutors to read to RCA elementary scholars during the school year. RCA's middle school scholars participate in an annual college campus tour where they receive information an SAT requirements, scholarship opportunities, and introductions to various professions. Tours of the University's facilities promote enthusiasm among RCA students and reinforce not only the importance of education but how it positively impacts future life choices. RCA also works closely with Hofstra Career Services to enhance employment opportunities available for Hofstra University students. RCA provides both informational sessions on charter schools and participates in on-campus recruitment events.

For further information contact Ella Portero, Director of Public Relations, Roosevelt Children's Academy at 516-867-6202 or visit us at http://www.rcacs.org

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