PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS

NEWS, EVENTS, OF INTEREST

Susan McMillen, associate professor, Mathematics, is the principal investigator on a $2.4 million NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Title IIB Mathematics-Science Partnership grant.  The three-year grant partners the Buffalo Public Schools with Buffalo State mathematics faculty to deepen the content knowledge of Buffalo teachers.  Assistant professors of mathematics Jodelle Magner, Jane Cushman, and Robin O'Dell are also working in the grant.  Just over $500,000 will come to Buffalo State.

 

Shannon Gormley Budin, assistant professor, Exceptional Education, delivered a workshop presentation to the annual Bridging  the Gap Between Research and Practice COnference sponsered by the Division for Learning Disabilities in San Antonio, Texas, November 1-2.  The presentation was titled "Delivering Linguistically Informed Reading Instruction to Students with Learning Disabilities."

 

Susan Mary Paige, lecturer, Exceptional Education, presented "Critical Thinking: An Essential Disposition for Preservice Special Education Teacher" at the annual conference of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council of Exceptional Children, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 7-10.  Congratulations.

 

Dr. Dianne S. McCarthy, assistant professor, Elementary Education and Reading was presented a paper titled "Preservice Teachers Write in Mathematics Before Teaching Others to Do So" at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference, held in Kansas City, Missouri, October 25-26.  NCTM is the world's largest organization committed to improving mathematics education for all students.  Congratulations Dr. McCarthy.

 

The Buffalo State College Child Care Center has received reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is one of the first centers in the United States to meet the association's new heightened standards.

 

Mary Beth Wayne and Dr. Nancy Chicola have been recongnized by Residence Life student staff as outstanding faculty at Buffalo State College, and were honored at an informal reception.  Each semester the undergraduate, paraprofessional staff in Residence Life has the opportunity to recognize the Buffalo State faculty who have made a difference in their lives.  Students were asked to consider faculty members whose efforts have had a lasting impression on them, who have provided dynamic classroom instruction, and who have made a difference in the lives of their students.  Congratulations to you both. 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Ceprano for her published article: “Experiencing Cambourne’s Model Through Pen-Palling:  Children and Junior Practitioners Colearning about Literacy.”  Maria’s article, collaboratively written with Pamela Sivret, was one of the first 20 articles chosen for publication in this prestigious PDS journal.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Weidler in her new position as the Director of Elementary Education in the Lancaster Central School District!

 

Dr. Nancy Chicola, Associate Professor, Elementary Education and Reading, was a runner-up for the International Journal of the Arts in Society's International Award for Excellence in the area of the arts in June. The journal's editors and the International Advisory Board deemed Chicola's paper, "Movement Art: Engaging Children in the Artist's Visual Chronicle of Sport to Enhance Historical Thinking," one of the 10 highest-ranked papers to emerge from the referee process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the referee guidelines.  

Dr. Nanci Monaco recently received the Psychologist of the year award from National Association of Mental Health First Responders. Congratulations Dr. Monaco!

Dr. Wendy Paterson, Chair of Elementary Education and Reading, taught EDU 612, Developing Literacy with a Harry Potter theme during Summer Session C. Dr. Paterson, always energetic and a model of best practices, dressed as characters from the best selling series to motivate and engage her graduate class! 

                   

Congratulations to Amy Bianchi, Ashley Darin, Ashley Konka, Sarah Kwiatkowski, Brittney McCarty, Trisha Podlaski, and Kristen Weisel who presented at the Ninth Annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration on Saturday April 28, 2007. Ashley Darin and Kristen Weisel presented their poster "Implementations of Metacognition in Elementary Education Classrooms". Ashley Konka, Trisha Podlaski, Amy Bianchi, and Brittney McCarty presented on "Effective Teacher Characteristics". Both of these groups will be presenting in Tampa Florida at the International Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) May 4-5, 2007. Amy Bianchi and Sarah Kwiakowski, PDS Student Representatives, presented on their "Results of EDU 201 Urban Shadowing Experience."  Way to go ladies!  

Congratulations!  Dr. Kim Truesdell was named as a 2007 Honoree by Winchester Elementary in West Seneca at the Fifth Annual “Partners in Education” Breakfast on March 24, 2007.  Dr. Truesdell received a “You Make the Difference” Certificate in appreciation for her personal commitment, dedication, and performance to educational partnership.

Dr. Hibajene Shandomo presented at the AERA Conference in Chicago on Monday, April 9th. Her power point presentation entitled "Getting to Know You:Cross-Cultural Pen-pals to Expand Children's World VIew" is available for viewing by clicking here.

Dr. Maria Ceprano, Christine Tredo, and Leslie Day presented at the NAPDS, National Association of Professional Development Schools, on March 31, 2007 in Las Vegas.  Their power point presentation entitled “Overcoming the Effects of NCLB: Thoughtful Adaptations of Reader First Scripts as Implemented at some PDS Sites” may be viewed by clicking here.

To see the report from the 2007 NAPDS Conference click here.

Dr. Nanci Monaco, from Educational Foundations Department and our PDS Advisory Council presented at the NAPDS on April 1, 2007 in Las Vegas.  Her presentation was entitled “Improving Mental Health Services for Urban Children by Expanding the PDS Model to Include Psychological Foundations Collaborations.”

Dr. David Henry – New York State Education Department via subcontract from Dunkirk City School District – Young Inquiring Scientists Want to Know Project

$745,680

YISWTKP is a Math Science Partnership Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education  under Title II NCLB funding, through the New York State Education Department. It is one of only two science initiatives funded statewide and part of a total pool of 13 math and science project awardees. YISWTKP is a 3-year, $3.6 million project awarded to the Dunkirk City School District and partners: Fredonia, Gowanda, Silver Creek, and Westfield, with Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES and local non-public schools. Dr. Henry’s PDS School, William Street School in Lancaster is also participating during the 2006-07 school year.  The project’s focus is to improve Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 “hands-on/minds-on” science teaching and learning through professional development to teachers. The project provides significant support for participants’ classrooms in the form of science curriculum and supplies. Dr. Henry will coordinate and oversee the professional development being provided to the teachers. He also will be coordinating the research that is infused in all of the work. This research focuses on the teacher content knowledge and beliefs and K-12 student content knowledge.

February 21-22, 2007

Jane Neapolitan, a consultant from the National PDS and Towson University Professor, visited Buffalo State College's Elementary Education Department. She observed EDU312 teacher candidates in the Lovejoy School District as well as teacher candidates at Enterprise Charter School. She also met with Buffalo State Faculty, Teacher Candidates, PDS partners and their principals, and the Advisory Council. Thank you, Buffalo State and the Professional Development School Consortium, for all of your hard work over the years! Thank you, Jane, for visiting Buffalo State College and sharing your expertise!

                                             

Congratulations to Shari Jakubowski-Peters, a former student representative to the Advisory Council, recently started a new job in Lancaster, California as a Middle School Math Teacher. We wish you success in the future!