Elementary Education and Reading students, faculty, and PDS Partners are an active group, participating in a wide variety of departmental, campus, district, community and national-level activities.  

Striving for excellence and consistently working towards it often results in great achievement - we are pleased to share our pride in their accomplishments with you!

Please also review our Community Partners pages, for opportunities to participate in the local activities that they offer.

Volunteer and Service-Learning Center Celebration of Service Awards

The following Elementary Education and Reading department faculty, staff, students, and community partners were recognized at the 2013–2014 Volunteer and Service-Learning Center’s Celebration of Service on May 6:

Celebration of 10-Year Partnerships


Harriet Sacks, Lecturer, Elementary Education and Reading

Community Partners:

Buffalo Public School 30:  Frank A. Sedita Academy

Outstanding Student Volunteer

Jasmine Davis

Certificate of Recognition for Community Engagement

Neighborhood Advocate – 200 Hours of Service: Rada Sinik  

Free Teacher Tour! 

Explore Buffalo ( will be offering a free teacher tour of downtown Buffalo on Saturday, May 3 at 10 AM.

We’ll show you what students see on our school tours!

Highlights of Saturday’s tour may include the Ellicott Square Building (,

Old Post Office (,

St. Paul’s Cathedral (,

Guaranty Building (,

Hotel Lafayette, ( and City Hall (

The tour will be approximately 90 minutes in length. See for more details.


Thank A Teacher

12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. | Campbell Student Union

May 6 is National Teacher Day, part of a week long National Teacher Appreciation celebration of the many ways that teachers make schools and communities great.

Do you remember a teacher who…Opened your mind to new ideas? Recognized your potential and celebrated your dreams? Motivated, listened, supported and cared? Helped you to discover, explore, build and soar? Inspired your career? Changed your life?

Join us in thanking those teachers who make learning come alive!

To celebrate the Buffalo State Year of the Teacher and to recognize the impact that teachers have had on our community, every student, staff, and faculty member is invited to stop by the Campbell Student Union during Bengal Pause on Tuesday, May 6 to write a note of appreciation to a favorite teacher.

Laptops and volunteers will be available to help search for current teacher addresses. All postcards will be stamped and mailed by the School of Education office of the dean.

Please join us in recognizing the efforts of educators across the nation and globe, and encourage students to stop by the Thank A Teacher table on May 6!


Elementary Education and Reading Newsletter, March, 2014

Please take a look at our newsletter, prepared by our PDS student representatives - click here!


AAUW Scholarship Opportunity

Please click here for a flyer announcing a scholarship opportunity funded by the Association of American University Women (AAUW).  The application is due April 1, 2014; you may be eligible for a $5,000 to $10,000 scholarship to aid you in reaching your goals.  Students must be female, in their fourth year of study, and meet additional requirements as outlined on the application.


Elizabeth Cappella, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Social and Psychological Foundations of Education; and

Geraldine Bard, Professor Emerita, English

Elizabeth Cappella and Geraldine Bard of Project FLIGHT have received two substantial grants from the KeyBank Foundation and the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies for a program titled "Sustaining the Community through Literacy Activities that Promote Conservation, Service Learning, and Citizenship." The program will be held at two Western New York Schools: one elementary and one high school. Students from each school will develop and carry out literacy projects that are approved by Project Flight and the school. Students whose projects are selected as meritorious will receive an award and a scholarship.


All students planning to student teach in the Fall, 2014 semester are required to attend an orientation session.  Please click here for the flyer: 

Student Teaching Orientation Dates 


Reflections on the PISA Data

This link provides an excellent analysis of what the PISA data actually can tell us:


Buffalo State Receives Award - INSIGHT Into Diversity Congratulates the 2013 Higher Education Excellence In Diversity Award Honorees

SUNY, Buffalo State College - SUNY Buffalo State is an institution of access. Students from all backgrounds, including many first-generation students, succeed due to faculty and staff commitment. We further demonstrate this commitment by providing civic and service learning engagement, international educational experiences, and mini-grants to faculty for academic programs and community projects that herald diversity. They include Global Book Hour,serving culturally diverse schoolchildren (A PDS program!), and the Anne Frank Project, exploring social justice through storytelling and the arts.

To read more about the award, and view a list of the recipients, please visit:


Rosemary Arioli, Update on PDS Partner, School 28 in Rochester 

Nicole Warren (Fall Student Teaching at School 28 and December 2012 graduate) was hired in April to finish the school year as a long term substitute in grade 6 at school 28; she took on a very challenging group with success. I was at school 28 and a teacher stopped to talk and she commented on how impressed she was at the commitment of our student teachers after they student taught at school 28. Our student teachers continue to volunteer at the school (helping with fieldtrips).

The teachers have been busy packing up boxes for a temporary move for the 2013-2014 school year. The school building on Humboldt street is going to have extensive renovations. Currently they are a K-6 school and will be adding on grades 7-8. Their temporary location will be: 595 Upper Falls Blvd, Rochester. We will have a cohort in Rochester this Fall.
The mentor teachers will also be working on their grant proposal for the new school year.