As we begin the 2012-2013 academic year, be sure to check this space regularly to follow the accomplishments of our faculty.
To view previous year's accomplishments, please visit "Partnership Highlights."
PDS Co-Director Leslie Day and Professor Laura Klenk attend Leader in Me event at Winchester Elementary
Please click here to view a powerpoint of the event.
Dr. Hibajene Shandomo Receives Award
Congratulations to Dr. Hibajene Shandomo who was the recipient of the Award to Faculty and Staff For The Promotion of Respect for Equity and Campus Diversity for 2012-2013. She was nominated by her students. Breanna McKenley, who traveled to Zambia with her, spoke at the ceremony describing the many ways in which Dr. Shandomo has influenced her perspectives on diversity and multiculturalism.
Leslie Day, PDS Co-Director, Receives Leadership Award
PDS student representative Nick Galfo nominated PDS Co-Director Leslie Day to be a part of the USG Women’s History Celebration Luncheon at which she received a certificate that stated:
“Awarded to Leslie Day for your leadership and commitment to supporting and elevating all women at Buffalo State."
The certificate was signed by Andrea Wright, United Students Government AVP for Student Life and Tamara McMillan, Associate Director of Student Life for Leadership.
Reva Fish, Assistant Professor, Social and Psychological Foundations of Education, and
Laura Klenk, Assistant Professor, Elementary Education and Reading
Reva Fish, assistant professor in the Social and Psychological Foundations of Education Department, and Laura Klenk, assistant professor in the Elementary Education and Reading Department, were featured presenters at the 2013 Conference on the Value of Play held at Clemson University, in Clemson, South Carolina, February 17–20.
They presented two of their studies about play in early childhood education. The first presentation, “But It’s Not Time to Switch: The Impact of Academic Press in Head Start,” addressed their findings from a US Play Coalition-funded study of Head Start stakeholders' views about developmentally appropriate means to meet preschool standards.
The second presentation, “I’m the Conductor of the Store! One Child’s Search for Identity in the Dramatic Play Center,” addressed findings from Klenk’s data collection about the change in the dynamics of play in a classroom when one child takes charge of the play centers.
Rosemary Arioli, EER Lecturer, Featured on the Buffalo State DailyWhile meeting with her current students at Henry Hudson School 28 in the Rochester City School District (RCSD), Rosemary Arioli, lecturer with the Elementary Education and Reading Department, had a very pleasant surprise: four of her former students stopped in to say "Hi." Even better, all four have been hired recently by the RCSD, three in School 28.
“How often does that happen?” marveled Arioli, who serves as assistant coordinator of student-teaching placement as well as supervisor of student teachers at School 28, a pre-K through sixth grade school.
All four—Shalyn Kanaley, ’11; Jason Legrett, ’09; Tellis Lott, ’10; and Samantha Ramsey, ‘12—belonged to cohorts who completed their student teaching at School 28. Arioli piloted the cohort model, which is now common in the School of Education. “A group of students teach in one school, and their supervisor is in the school at least twice a week,” explained Arioli. “It works well because the students and supervisor become connected to the school.”
Arioli also helped bring School 28 into the Professional Development Schools Consortium, adding to the rich collaboration that benefits both the school and the Buffalo State teacher candidates.
To view the whole article, please visit: http://newsandevents.buffalostate.edu/news/alumni-student-teachers-go-head-class
Leslie Dan and Laura Klenk Accept Award from Winchester Elementary
On March 21, 2013 at the Winchester Elementary School Leadership Celebration, the Buffalo State Professional Development Schools Consortium received a leadership award from Winchester which read: “for your tireless efforts and support to Winchester Elementary. Our community is a better place because you care!”
The PDS Consortium has had a school-university partnership for nearly 15 years with Winchester Elementary in West Seneca. Dr. Kim Truesdell and more recently Dr. Laura Klenk have taught their methods courses on-site at Winchester. Winchester Elementary became a Stephen Covey Leader in Me Lighthouse School 3 years ago and has been an inspiration to other schools and universities.
Kathleen Brachmann, principal, presented the award. Leslie Day and Laura Klenk accepted the award on behalf of Buffalo State’s Professional Development Schools Consortium.
Maria Ceprano, Professor, Elementary Education and Reading
Maria Ceprano, professor of elementary education and reading, has collaborated with Mary Shea, professor of education at Canisius College, in an article appearing in the spring 2013 issue of the Kappa Delta Pi Record 49 (1): 4–8. The article is titled "The Attack on Teachers and Schools of Education: Identifying the Bullies and Bystanders."
Equity and Campus Diversity Fall Minigrant Award Recipients
The Equity and Campus Diversity Office congratulates the following recipients of fall 2012 minigrant awards: Pixita Del Prado Hill, and Kim Truesdell, Associate Professors of Elementary Education and Reading, for the Adopt a Children’s Book Event.
Barbara Bontempo, Professor of English; Maria Ceprano, Professor of Elementary Education and Reading; Deborah Daly, Keyboard Specialist, Human Resource Management; and John Gounard, Director, International Student Affairs
For their contributions and continuous service on Project Flight’s board of directors, four Buffalo State faculty and staff members received the Project Flight Literacy Award for Outstanding Service to Children and Families: Barbara Bontempo, professor of English; Maria Ceprano, professor of Elementary Education and Reading; Deborah Daly, keyboard specialist in the Human Resource Management Office; and John Gounard, director of international student affairs. Shout out to Project Flight and Maria!
Mary C. Cummings, PDS Advisory Council member, has spent much of the month of October promoting the efforts of department programs and the PDS within the Buffalo community. This has not only served to inform the community but it supports Buffalo State's "Year of the City." Professor Cummings' accomplishments include: