Best Buddies provides an opportunity for college students to be matched in a one-to-one friendship with individuals who have intellectual disabilities. College chapters are active on 298 campuses worldwide. BSC Best Buddies meets once a month on campus to have fun, organize outings, learn, have fun, network, eat, have fun, raise money and have fun!
The Career Development Center (CDC) provides comprehensive services to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, employers, and faculty/staff. The center's staff assists students and alumni with career exploration and decision-making, gaining valuable experience, job search preparation, finding jobs and internships, and selecting and applying to graduate schools.
The Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) was established to proactively meet the needs of disadvantaged students and their schools in urban and impacted rural areas. CEURE's mission is to close the student achievement gap, revitalize impacted schools to facilitate teacher retention, and provide qualified, effective teachers for every classroom. CEURE has initiated ongoing efforts to shape culturally responsive education strategies that benefit students in Western New York's city and rural schools.
The Western New York Regional Center for Innovation in Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation through Professional Schools project is one of three SUNY Centers for Innovation in Education, which serves as a way of gathering university and P-12 faculty and administrators to work together to strengthen teacher and leader preparation by supporting current teachers and leaders as well as renewing practice for preparing new teachers and leaders.
The Community Academic Center (CAC) coordinates and provides cradle-to-career educational support programming for youth and families on Buffalo’s West Side. Programming is developed and designed in collaboration with campus and community partners. Activities and offerings range from outside of school time enrichment to instruction for newcomer refugees. The CAC is located at 214 Grant Street.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an international organization that promotes the education of students with disabilities and those with gifts/talents. Buffalo State's CEC Student Chapter 117 provides members with professional development to stand out during field placements, student teaching and in future careers. Students engage in community volunteer activities and events such as Polar Plunge. CEC is very active and always looking for new members.
The Future Teachers Club brings together all education departments (Early Childhood, Elementary, Exceptional, Art, CTE, Music, and all Secondary programs) to create a community of education students that can come together in a fun and assistive way.
The Global Book Hour (GBH) provides weekly book-hour sessions that integrate geography, music, visual arts, and healthy eating. Teacher candidates facilitate the program with read-alouds and reading strategies and activities for families. GBH is part of the School of Education's Global Literacy initiative, which promotes family literacy and global understanding for students and community members.
The Global Literacy Channel is made up of videos created by faculty and students in the School of Education to help parents, caregivers, teachers and teacher candidate work with the young readers and writers in their lives. This project was supported in part by the SUNY Buffalo State Institute for Community Health Promotion Collaborative Research Initiative.
The Horace Mann Graduate Research Symposium provides an opportunity for graduate-level teacher candidates in the Exceptional Education Department to showcase their research projects and share effective practices with colleagues and community educators. It is held at the end of every spring and fall semester.
The School of Education's International Professional Development Schools (IPDS) Consortium provides teacher candidates with experiences that prepare them to thrive as globally-minded educators who meet the needs of today's children and classrooms. Current international collaborations have been developed in Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Rwanda, and Zambia.
The JIAE is a peer-reviewed online journal seeking to highlight collaborative research undertaken by university faculty and partner school teachers.
The Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The Buffalo State Elementary Education Department maintains an active chapter of KDP.
The School of Education Literacy Center offers diagnosis and tutoring for K-12 students who need help with literacy skills. Tutors in the program are graduate students completing their Literacy Specialist certification and/or master’s degree in education, and work under the guidance of experts in the reading field.
Buffalo State serves as a regional host campus for New York State’s Master Teachers Program, which rewards the state’s highest performing teachers, ensures that the best and brightest stay in education, and encourages the state’s best teachers to share their expertise with peers. Master Teachers engage in peer mentoring, attend and create intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year, and work closely with preservice and early-career fellows in their regions to develop future world-class educators.
The Professional Development School (PDS) Consortium is a collaboration between Buffalo State and participating schools. College faculty, school administrators, and practicing teachers explore effective practices to (1) cooperatively supervise preservice teachers and provide closer connections to classroom practice; (2) promote professional development for inservice teachers; (3) improve student learning; and (4) research the problems of educational practice.
The New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center (NYS RtI TAC) is a consortium between Buffalo State, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, College of St. Rose, Syracuse University, and Mid-Hudson Region. It's mission is to support capacity-building efforts of NYS schools to implement proven and promising practices within a Response to Intervention model. The Center compiles and disseminates information and resources and provides technical assistance and professional development to schools. Email Theresa Janczak.
Under the tutelage of Buffalo State faculty and staff, service learning initiatives have been available for many years in the West Side Community. The West Side of Buffalo offers teacher candidates a positive outreach into the international community and insights into our global world!
The Success Zone is designed by Nyandusi A. Nyachae ("Dus") to inspire, equip and empower students personally and professionally so that they can be confident about themselves, their authentic purpose and their abilities to excel in college and beyond.
TLE TeachLivE™ is a computer-simulated, immersive, mixed-reality classroom that provides teachers the opportunity to develop their pedagogical practice in a safe environment that doesn’t place real students at risk. Teachers step into TeachLivE™ virtual classroom and experience immersion and suspension of disbelief, allowing them to rehearse high-leverage teaching practices related to student achievement. Buffalo State is the only college in the SUNY system currently using this unique mixed reality environment to prepare or retrain pre-service and in-service teachers.
Multiple opportunities are available for students, staff, and faculty to engage Pk-12 students through one-on-one tutoring in schools throughout Buffalo and Western New York.
The Urban Teacher Academy is designed to develop a diverse generation of educators for the Buffalo Public Schools. A collaboration between Buffalo State and Buffalo's McKinnley High School (both located on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, NY), this supportive program for high school students will take an innovative approach to educating future educators.
In 2002, Buffalo State received a $1 million gift from Eleanore Woods Beals, a 1950 graduate, and her husband, Vaughn Beals, which was used to establish the first endowed chair in the 130-year history of the institution. Jevon Hunter, has developed several iniatives as the endowed chair - Urban Youth Scholars, Student Research, Urban Teacher Collaborative, and Urban Education Speaker Series.
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