PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS

MINI GRANT/ACTION RESEARCH

The follow mini grant presentations were made at the October 2004 Retreat:

“Book Buddies-Partners in Reading” Campus West School, Buffalo; Dr. Ellen Friedland and Dr. Kim Truesdell.  Second and sixth graders became book buddies for once a week buddy reading sessions.  High interest books were purchased with mini-grant funds.  Buddies discussed books and choose from a variety of projects to complete after reading.  Student attitudes and teacher views of the program were assessed.  This successful program was recently featured in Teaching Tips in “The Reading Teacher” September 2004 issue.

Handout (word), Power Point Presentation.

 

“Character Connection:  A Collaboration between Como Park Elementary School and BPS #54”  Como Park, Lancaster & Early Childhood Center #54, Buffalo; Elaine Fantini and Colleen Tonsoline.  In order to build character, these schools developed a relationship between an urban and rural school through a series of visits to third grade classrooms as well as the physical education classroom.  Through a collaborative effort, they introduced the values of Character Education to make a “Character Connection.”  Goals included children having a better understanding and appreciation of the similarities and differences of kindness, respect, responsibility, and the value of teamwork, problem-solving skills, and individual differences. Character Connection Power Point Presentation. Handout (Word).

 

“Growing to Understand:  Experiencing Agriculture with the Seneca Nation”  Enterprise Charter School, Buffalo; Kerry Buell and Andy Starr.  Fifth and sixth grade students from Enterprise Charter School and a Native American rural school partner together to explore the customs and practices of harvesting and planting, as part of the school’s project-based learning theme of agriculture.  In addition to visits, the students maintain contact via the internet with shared photos, data, and writings. In exploring a common theme from different perspectives and communities, the students also will be exposed to other customs and have the opportunity to express their own cultural identity. Power Point Presentation: part1, part2, part3

 

“Developing a Solar System Unit for Fifth Grade Students”  William Street Elementary School. David Henry & Patty Foels. The presenters will give an overview of curriculum development collaboration between Buffalo State College and William Street School.  A solar system unit was developed that is fully inquiry based and meets the NY science standards.  Student discussions are facilitated with large whiteboards. This group did not receive a mini-grant, but volunteered to share some of the aspects of their exciting program! Power Point Presentation from William Street School.

 

“BUGS”. Lydia T. Wright Elementary School.  Connie Bowman & Jodie Pope-Colca, Mary Jo Conrad, principal.  Although this group did not receive a mini-grant from CEURE, they volunteered to share a new program in character education and classroom management, called “Being Unusually Good” which they have found useful and exciting! Handouts (Word format): Overview, Forms, Coupons

 

“Deepening Students’ Understanding through Cuisenaire Rods and Base 10 Blocks”  Native American School #19. Christine Wittmann Rausch.  Classroom teachers were supplied sets of Cuisenaire Rods, Base 10 Blocks, and activity resource books.  These materials were used to deepen students’ mathematical understanding of important concepts in elementary and middle school bands of the New York State Core Curriculum. 

 

“Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning” West Hertel Academy. Ellen Price, Patrick Wells, and Robert Diebold. Software for teaching 5th and 6th grade students math and science concepts is lacking.  In addition, teachers have voiced concern about using new math and science software programs utilizing hands-on-training. This project, Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning, will address those two issues.  First, the availability of computer software that can be networked for 5th and 6th grade math and science will be explored by the science liaison, 5th and 6th grade teachers, and the Buffalo State College faculty member.  Following the software identification, purchase, and installing the software on the network a model of Trainers-of Trainers will be used for hands-on training of 5th and 6th grade teachers.   Power Point Presentation  from West Hertel Academy.

 

“Science Through Time and Distance”  Kathleen Falconer & Denise Segars-McPhatter.  The Early Childhood Center partnered with Ms. Falconer’s BSC EDU 312 class to prepare the third grade students for a semester of activities concerning math and science.  The BSC participants worked with the classroom teachers and other faculty to integrate science and mathematics careers and ideas into the classrooms.  Planned experiences included a trip to the Ontario Science Centre and a Family Science and Math Night.  Collaboration among all participants in the implementation and assessment of these activities was a key component.

    

 

“Westminster Community School After-School Program” Westminster Community School. Deirdre Mayer. The program is a structured extended day program, operating 3-hours after each school day between Monday – Friday of the school year.  Students are engaged in academic instruction and activities that are taught or run by teams of regularly certified teachers and college students from Buffalo State College. The instructional program is a continuation of the daily instruction with the following characteristics:  a direct relationship with the regular school curriculum that has the major objectives of student success on the state standards; smaller class sizes, which allow for tutoring and remediation as needed; high interest activities which sustain student interest and the popularity of the program.  Students are provided with a daily snack, engage in a time period devoted solely for completing homework, and participate in regularly scheduled creative, recreational, and fine arts activities, including, but not limited to, research, drama, dance, all phases of music education, art, physical education, and various computer generated projects.