TOC II Spotlight: Lehman College
We featured this TOC II spotlight in our February 2018 newsletter
The Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) TOC II program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in teacher education programs to gain experience working in high-needs schools that serve primarily minority students from low-income families. The LUTE-TOC II students complete internships in these schools and in the Lehman College's Saturday Academy. The Saturday Academy gives low-income or first-generation college-bound students the opportunity to take academic courses and participate in workshops focused on social and emotional learning.
Students in ninth and tenth grade from TOC II partner high schools attend the Saturday Academy, where they take classes and participate in mentoring activities to increase their college- and career-readiness. The LUTE-TOC II interns serve as mentors to the high school students, while the instructors who teach in the Academy mentor the LUTE-TOC II students.
One of the LUTE-TOC II interns, Sain Mota, has found the experience to be enjoyable and rewarding. According to Sain, "I [observed] almost every teacher in the Saturday Academy and every single one of them had a different way of teaching. I aspire to become like these teachers."