Kanke | NAZ Academic Specialist located at PCYC

"At first, all of the scholars were trying to see who I was ...

One scholar was very resistant toward me, and toward a lot of things. Challenging behavior often shows up because the coursework is too difficult and the child tends to act out. It's not that they're a bad kid, but no one has had the time to stop and see what a kid needs.

One day, he brought his football, and I said: 'let's go to the gym' — knowing he was struggling with sight words. So we threw the ball back and for and spelled 'all' — A-L-L. That became our rhythm.

Now, he has a new way to learn. The classroom doesn't always work for everybody; sometimes we have to switch it up. And I really appreciate the opportunity to bring my creativity.

He's able to do both now — work in the gym and in the classroom space. What I'm able to do is build up his confidence in himself and in his reading. And he's doing it!

A lot of the staff a PCYC work in the field of social work, and they use the term 'hire.' And this scholar we're talking about hired me. It's a trust, someone he can trust and go to.

What I walk forward with is that connection with him. He knows we're on it — both of us. It's like 'Hey Ms. Kanke, we haven't met this week' and I'm like 'I'm coming for you; I got you.'

That's my guy. There was a lot of kicking and screaming at the beginning ... but he's the funniest and he's so loving and I wish everyone could see that."

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Results NAZ

Results NAZ is a monthly roundtable discussion with NAZ staff, partner organizations, our Board of Directors, and Parent Advisory Board, which focuses on important data points relevant to one of the 11 action areas. Results NAZ discussions are open to the public. Read more or see a visual representation of the Results NAZ process.

Results NAZ Meeting Material Archives


Winter 2018: K-8 Education

Fall 2017: Family Support

July 20, 2017: Family Engagement and Parent Education

June 15, 2017: High School to College Success

November 17, 2016: Family Engagement

November 2, 2016: ExL

September 8, 2016: Early Childhood

February 18, 2016: Housing

January 21, 2016: Anchor Schools

November 19, 2015: Family Engagement and Family Academy

October 15, 2015: Career and Finance

July 16, 2015: Early Childhood Data
Data outcomes were measured against the Early Childhood Solution Plan

April 16, 2015: Housing Programs Data

February 19, 2015: Expanded Learning (ExL) Programs Data
Data outcomes were measured against the Expanded Learning Solution Plan

December 18, 2014: Early Childhood Data
Data outcomes were measured against the Early Childhood Solution Plan

November 20, 2014: Family Engagement Data
Data outcomes were measured against the Family Engagement Solution Plan