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Cory Zacker
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Cory Zacker is the founder of Papertree Tutoring (formerly Mosaic Tutoring) a K-12 tutoring agency located in New York City. As a parent of a child with learning disabilities as well as a board member at a Manhattan private school, she has been an up-close observer to the many academic and emotional struggles encountered by children and families. Cory founded Papertree with the express purpose of helping students meet today's educational demands while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of managing expectations and maintaining sanity in our increasingly test-crazed society. Cory blogs regularly about education and parenting.

Entries by Cory Zacker

Talking it Out

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Let's face it, raising children is a hard job. It's wonderful, fulfilling and life affirming, but it's also hard. For some that's a dirty little secret. For me, not so much. From the very beginning -- when days with a newborn were long and nights even longer, when sleeping eight...

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28 Letters

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 2:41 PM

I received 28 letters in the mail recently. Twenty eight actual hand-written-on-three-punch-loose-leaf-paper letters. They reminded me of my high school experience; those long ago days when computers didn't fit in our pockets. Blue ink and black. Mostly print, some cursive. I read each one with an interest that I just...

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Parenting a Parent

(2) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 6:44 PM

My mother has always been active. Not in a sporty, tennis-3x-a-week sort of way, but more like someone with a long to-do list. She is always moving, always headed somewhere, always taking care of all that has to be taken care of. In her mid-70s, she still works...

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I Don't Care Where My Son Goes to College

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 3:35 PM

There, I said it. I honestly don't care where my son goes to college. He's only 13, so we have a few years before we even have to consider it, but I need to say it now. I need to say it because of the madness I see around me....

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Expectations For the New School Year

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 10:47 AM

The school year is beginning and hopefully your child is ready, but are you? What kind of expectations do you have for this school year and how will you manage them? We all want our kids to grow both academically and emotionally as the year progresses, but there are almost...

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When Is It Safe?

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 1:23 PM

When you're raising a child in New York City, one of the pressing questions as they get older is, At what age can they go out by themselves? It's hard to imagine it ever happening as you're pushing them in a stroller or on the swing. How will this little...

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What Not to Say to Someone in a Wheelchair

(17) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 5:20 PM

My husband is a paraplegic. He's also a great father, a loving spouse and an occasional marathoner. He gets around independently in a manual wheelchair. He has what is known as a T4/5 complete injury, but that's not something most people need to know. The main thing they...

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The Balancing Act of Adolescence

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 3:52 PM

My son is teetering. He is riding the physical and emotional see-saw between youth and adulthood. I couldn't help but stare at him as we rode the subway recently; his long, skinny legs jutting out into the aisle; his sweet, angular face that somehow, at sometime, lost its childhood chubbiness....

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How Facing Challenges Helped Me Build My Business

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 10:20 AM

"Just so you understand, your child will be classified as a Preschooler with a Disability."

And so with 15 words, my future career path was laid out for me, although I didn't know it at the time. It was 2002, my son was three years old, and there I sat...

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Moving Forward

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 4:31 PM

Every year my son's special needs school invites former graduates back to speak to parents about their lives. Ranging in age from teens to adults, they spend some time letting us know what they've been up to and how their learning issues have affected their journeys. Every year I attend...

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My Mother, Myself

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 9:59 AM

When my son was much younger and deep in the throes of a textbook Oedipal Complex, he looked at me with all sincerity and said, "Mom, why did you marry Dad? Why didn't you wait for me?" I explained as best as I could, but it didn't really matter what...

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The State Tests Are Over (Should It Be for Good?)

(12) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 1:02 PM

And so it happened. The most talked (and shouted) about two weeks of the public school year have come and gone. The now infamous standardized tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics for 3rd through 8th graders have been administered and here we are talking about, among other things,

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I Know How He Does It: Parenting From A Wheelchair

(15) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 2:29 PM

"Honey, I just took a pregnancy test and it came out positive."

My husband's response to this news was typical of his reaction to most things. He was calm, collected, thoughtful. He smiled at me, took a deep breath and said, "OK." We both stared at the pregnancy test...

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