In Memoriam: Reading Rescue Benefactor and Board Member, Benedict Silverman
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Our Partners

The Benedict Silverman Foundation is proud to fund Reading Rescue in New York City schools through the Literacy Trust and the Readers and Writers Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. Silverman has been been an enthusiastic supporter of Reading Rescue for over 25 years and is thrilled to be a part of the project’s recent development and expansion which has been overseen and directed by BSF President, Jayne Bentzen.

The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) is a nonprofit education organization located in New York City. A recognized leader in advancing meaningful reforms in public education, CEI’s mission is to make the school the center and driving force of public education reform and innovation. They work directly with teachers, school leaders, and the community to create the schools their children need to succeed.

Literacy Trust, Inc. is the 501(c) charitable organization that runs Reading Rescue’s day-to-day operations. Supported by different grants, Literacy Trust has partnered with the New York City Department of Education to provide Reading Rescue training and oversight to over 90 high-need New York City schools. Literacy Trust is currently bringing Reading Rescue to additional NYC schools and developing strategies to make Reading Rescue available to schools across the country.

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is that part of the government of New York City that manages the city’s public school system. The City School District of the City of New York is the largest school system in the United States, with over 1.1 million students taught in more than 1,800 separate schools. The department covers all five boroughs of New York City.

The department is run by the Panel for Educational Policy and New York City School’s Chancellor. The current chancellor is Carmen Fariña.

The City Service Corps, a new NYC Service program in partnership with the United Way of New York City and the Franklin Project, unites a diverse group of professionals to serve full-time at City agencies and their partner nonprofit organizations, working to address community needs. The inaugural Corps launched with close to 60 members on November 9, 2015.

The YMI Read More Corps is a city-wide initiative with emphasis on underserved communities that will help young students age K-2 improve their reading ability through direct service in tutoring and reading programming. Members will engage in a range of activities, including working in high-needs NYC Department of Education elementary schools to deliver one-on-one tutoring. All Members will be trained and receive ongoing coaching to support their development as tutors. In addition, Members may also be deployed to engage in direct service and capacity building activities to support the expansion of K-2 tutoring and reading programming in community-based organizations and other city agencies. Are you interested in applying to be a Read More Corps Member? Click here: https://www.nycservice.org/initiatives/48

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and the Benedict Silverman Foundation have become partners in bringing Reading Rescue to over 50 schools  in the five boroughs of New York City.

Funded by the Benedict Silverman Foundation, the partnership invites participating schools to send cohorts of instructors to Teachers College Columbia University to participate in the intensive Reading Rescue training.

The NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) is a cross-agency enterprise that began when New York City committed to finding new ways to tackle the crisis affecting its young Black and Latino men. The City pledged to invest a combination of public and private funds to support new programs and policies designed to address disparities between young Black and Latino men and their peers across numerous outcomes related to education, health, employment and the criminal justice system. These programs and policies will break down barriers to success and help young black and Latino men achieve their professional, educational and personal goals.