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) (http://elmwood.wgrz.com/news/families/buffalo-state-s-professional-development-school-consortium-honored-exemplary-achievement/53317).
PDS Consortium Wins Buffalo Alliance Award
The Elementary Education and Reading Department is thrilled to announce that our Professional Development Schools Consortium, our alliance of school partners, has been awarded the 2005 Commitment to Education Bronze Community Award from the Buffalo Alliance for Education. Congratulations to Director Leslie Day and the entire membership of principals, mentor teachers, and Buffalo State faculty and students who make our PDS something to be proud of!
2005 Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award Finalist
The Department of Elementary Education and Reading in conjunction with the Buffalo State Professional Development Schools Consortium was named an ATE Distinguished Program Award Finalist on February 14, 2005. The award for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education is given to recognize and honor outstanding teacher education programs that exemplify collaboration between local education agencies and institutions of higher education in program development and administration.
Outstanding Program Criteria:
1. Have been cooperatively developed and administered by institutions of higher education and local education agencies along with other appropriate educational agencies.
2. Have clearly stated goals directed at the establishment of identifiable teacher behaviors.
3. Have an evaluation protocol that is appropriate, operational, and directly related to its goals.
4. Provide data to demonstrate that after program implementation, goals were achieved; and
5. Are based on theoretically sound principles that are adaptable to other teacher education programs.
As part of the award process, finalists were required to present an informational program and set up an exhibit table at the National ATE meeting in Chicago. Follow the link to view the Power Point and see pictures of our display. Congratulations to all our PDS Partners!
2003 NYSATE/NYACTE Distinguished Program Award
Recognized as a statewide PDS leader, Buffalo State College's Teacher Education Programs recently received the 2003 NYSATE/NYACTE Distinguished Program Award for excellence in its Initial Elementary Education Program in collaboration with its Professional Development School Consortium. This outstanding program provides students majoring in elementary education with extensive classroom experience, based on a philosophy that teaching effectiveness is best learned through mentored immersion in the classroom. Our partners are guided by a common vision of teaching and learning, grounded in best practices. Teacher candidates, young students, college faculty, principals, and cooperating teachers all benefit from the multiple opportunities to learn in the context of our award winning PDS partnership.