The PDS has received local, state and national awards for excellence:  

The 2011 Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement was awarded to the Buffalo State College Professional Development School (PDS) Consortium by the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) (

 2011-2012 Faculty Accomplishments 

Faculty recognized by Campus Life student staff

Leslie Day has been selected as an outstanding faculty or staff member at Buffalo State College, and will be honored at an informal reception on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:00 pm. Each year the undergraduate, paraprofessional students in Campus Life (Residence Life, Student Life, Orientation and Dining Services) have an opportunity to recognize Buffalo State faculty and staff who have impacted them in a positive way. Students were asked to consider those whose efforts have had a lasting impression on them and who have “made a difference” in the lives of their students.

Faculty Honored by Scholar Athletes

The following faculty were honored by students at the recent 15th annual scholar-athlete luncheon:

Kim Truesdell - honored by Brandon Hodgins

Kate Dust
Pixita del Prado Hill -  honored by Alicia Bowman
Reva Fish - honored by Regan McGannon

Elementary Education Professors Published

Pixita del Prado Hill, Ellen S. Friedland & Stephen Phelps’ article: “How Teacher Candidates' Perceptions of Urban Students Are Influenced by Field Experiences: A Review of the Literature” was published in Action in Teacher Education Volume 34, Issue 1, 2012, pages 77-96.

Emerging Scholar Presentation: Implementation and Evaluation of a Chinese Language Family Literacy Program

Jing Zhang, assistant professor of elementary education and reading, will share her research as part of the Emerging Scholars Program on Friday, February 10, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in E. H. Butler Library 210. This series of presentations provides early-career faculty with an opportunity to share their intellectual work with the rest of the campus.

Zhang investigated potential learning outcomes when a family literacy program with language supports was provided to Chinese immigrant families. An eight-week (two hours per week) literacy program was implemented in three Chinese community centers in Ontario, Canada. This study has shown that a family literacy intervention, adapted for use with Chinese preschoolers and their parents, can have a significant and positive impact on children’s literacy development in both English and Chinese. Further, it was shown that specific home literacy environments in Chinese and in English are related to children’s literacy development in both languages. In Chinese, the number of Chinese reading materials in the home had the greatest impact on children’s Chinese receptive and expressive vocabularies. In English, the age at which the child was first read to in English had the greatest impact on children’s English expressive vocabularies, their letter-sound production knowledge, and their early reading ability.

Professor Christine Tredo and her students were sent this note of congratulations:

Just a quick note of thanks for your months of hard work and planning of the Literacy, Math and Technology Fair.  Saturday's event was truly inspiring and a wonderful learning opportunity for parents and children in the Niagara Falls and neighboring communities, The LMT Fair was an excellent example of the collaboration between the Niagara Falls School District, Niagara University, and Buffalo State College and what wonderful results that collaboration produces. The stations were creative and engaging and the infusion of technology brought another dimension to an already successful event.  

With sincerest congratulations and admiration, Carol.

Carol Gold, Ed.D.
Administrator for Curriculum and Instruction
630 66th Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14304
716 286-4207

CASTL Fellows Present Work on November 3

The Campus Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) will present the work of two recent CASTL fellows on Thursday, November 3, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in E. H. Butler Library 181B. Ruth X. Guo, associate professor of computer information systems, will present “The Use of Video Recording to Improve Presentation Skills," and Kim S. Truesdell, associate professor of elementary education and reading, will present “It Takes a Village—or at Least a Neighborhood Grocery Store—to Transform a Professor and Her Students.” All are welcome.

Pixita Del Prado Hill, Associate Professor, Elementary Education and Reading, has been appointed to serve on the President's Council on Equity and Campus Diversity.  
Betty J. Cappella, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Higher Education Administration; and Geraldine Bard, Professor Emerita, English. Buffalo State College professors and Project Flight co-directors Betty J. Cappella and Geraldine E. Bard will be recognized by the Western Zone of the New York State Retired Teachers' Association on Wednesday, September 21, at Salvatore's Italian Gardens for their involvement in organizing and planning activities for the advancement of educational goals and literacy.

2011-2012 Student Highlights

Bao Mei Zheng will be granted her US Citizenship at an award ceremony in NYC April 17, 2012.   

Sara Cumbo was featured in the Faculty/Staff Scholarship Appeal.  View the story here:  Sara Cumbo.

Jessica Garland (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) is among the nine Buffalo State women’s hockey players recognized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) as West All-Academic Team honorees. To be named to the All-Academic team, the student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and have competed in at least on-half of her team’s contests during the current season (a goaltender must have played at least 33 percent of her team’s minutes).  Garland has a 3.63 overall GPA.

Katie Sclafani has been awarded the Graduate President’s Medal award and will be giving the graduate student commencement speech at the masters’ graduation ceremony in May!

Jazmine Smith was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Richard G. D. Winston Caribbean Student Scholarship for her exceptional academic achievement at BSC.  She will be recognized at the 2012 EOP Honors Convocation on Thursday, May 3 at 3:30 in Rockwell Hall.


2011-2012 PDS Partner Highlights 

BPS #76, Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, Thanks Project Flight

Once again, a special thank you goes out to Project Flight, a tremendous supporter of the Buffalo State College School of Education Professional Development School Consortium and children’s literacy in Western New York!
Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, School #76 has recently joined the PDS Consortium and wishes to thank Project Flight for its donation of 100 Spanish/English dictionaries that will be used by children throughout the school.
Project Flight has been supporting Family Literacy for nearly 15 years in Western New York by putting books into the hands of children and their families.

Local Educator, James Mule`, Among Nation’s Best K‐8 Principals

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has chosen a local Catholic school principal to receive its 2011 Distinguished Principal Award. James Mulé, who heads St. Amelia School in the Town of Tonawanda, will receive the award at ceremonies in October in Washington, D.C. The 2011 celebration marks the 28th year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has presented this prestigious award. Mr. Mule` will  become a member of the Class of 2011 National Distinguished Principals.