Paths to MCNY: Kayo Kudo

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Biography of Myself: Kayo Kudo

I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Until recently, I worked for the Japanese Consulate full time for 5 years. I have also been teaching at the Japanese community school, Brooklyn Nihongo Gakuen (BNG), on Saturday for three years. Teaching at the BNG has been very challenging because we only meet once a week, but I find so much joy and passion in helping my students learn. It is my wish to do this amazingly rewarding job as my full time career.

Today, there is a movement to meet the needs of bilingual education into the public school system.  I am very fortunate to have been introduced to a group of amazing individuals who are creating the first Japanese-English Dual Language Program in New York City. Through my current community work at BNG, I have been offered a position to work as a bilingual teacher after obtaining a teaching license.

After this opportunity came into my life, I was searching for several graduate programs around the city. When I came into the graduate open house for MCNY, I was very impressed with their educational method, a purpose-centered education. I also found many staff including admission specialists and professors from the Education department were very kind and helpful.

Since I joined MCNY’s the Master of Science in Education, I have been having amazing and intensive learning experiences from my classes, professors, and fieldwork. At the beginning of the first semester, I was having hard time completing my assignments on time since this program is required to take 6 classes per semester. During this time, my writing specialist from the learning enhancement center, Polly, patiently listened to my concerns and obstacles. Polly helped me not only for improving my writing but also developing essential skills including time management and graphic organizers to become an efficient learner. She always gives me positive encouragements and insightful feedback to motivate me to be a better writer. Through her assistance, I have been able to improve my writing skill to express my thoughts and opinions in better manners.

The whole MCNY family including my professors and learning enhancement center staff helps me to become a true educator who can inspire and guide students to realize their potential while providing nurturing learning environment. The MCNY supports me to pursue my dream job to work with children with both Japanese and American heritage in the near future.


“First Generation Students Unite”

by on July 16, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »

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“Cuts in food stamps are more than just a discussion topic.” – Travis Reginal, Yale

In this article, first-generation students at Ivy colleges speak out about their challenges, in particular highlighting their common experience of disjunction in class and with other students. Their reflections prompt this writer to appreciate anew MCNY’s cohort model, as it’s possible to observe MCNY students supporting each other daily — support which seems essential for folks as the very first in their families to attend college. Laura Pappano’s (2015) article originally appeared in The New York Times.


The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

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In this collection of thoughts, well-known authors extol the creative benefits of keeping a daily journal.



The Waldorf Education Model

by on July 2, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »

waldorfIn 1919, in Stuttgart, Germany, Austrian Rudolf Steiner opened the first Waldorf school, which emphasized a humanistic model of pedagogy. Today there are over 1,000 schools in 60 countries. Here’s a the first part of a longer video that explains what Waldorf education is all about.


Apps to Help You Brainstorm!

by on June 18, 2015 in Must Sees with No Comments »

light bulbs sketched on chalkboard Many small ideas make a big one

light bulbs sketched on chalkboard Many small ideas make a big one

This short video reviews three apps that support brainstorming — one that offers prompts to help you think outside the box, one that invites you to add to word and image arrangements to stir your creative juices, and one that allows you to create thought maps that visually organize your ideas.


Bill Gates Tells People Not to be Like Him

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A recent blog post by Bill Gates, perhaps the most famous college dropout in the world, urges students to not be like him and graduate from college.


Embrace the Near Win

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In this Ted Talk, art historian and critic Sarah Lewis talks about creativity and the importance and power of the near win.


Why Write?

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Insightful essayist, Joan Didion, discusses her path to becoming a writer and how writing has enriched her life in these excerpts from “Why I Write.”


Multitask May Mean Multidisaster!

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Multitasking is bad for you (suggests data a click away).



Checking in on MOOCs

by on March 11, 2015 in Must Reads with No Comments »

moocIn the fall of 2013, we devoted our issue of Luminaria to exploring the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) phenomenon sweeping higher education. A year-and-a-half later, articles like this one in the Times, by an education analyst, suggest MOOCs have not reached their full power, because they do not yet issue degrees. Have you taken a MOOC? What do you think? Share your comments below!




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