The faculty, staff, and students within the School of Education are coordinating, involved in, and sharing their experiences with many different international initiatives throughout the year. Here's what is happening right now!
MALAYSIA- Social Justice and Special Education
Jennifer Westover, assistant professor in the department of Exceptional Education, traveled to Malaysia on May 15 for a month-long visit. She is collaborating with the Autism Center in Malaysia to work with kids who have autism and visit places that serve children and adults with disabilities.
Visit Westover's Malaysia blog at: http://socialjusticespecialeducation.tumblr.com/
Often left out of the discussion of social justice and equality in schools and communities are students with significant disabilities. However, students with significant disabilities fight monumental barriers to obtain social justice. Obstacles to social and educational inclusion abound for this population. Educational isolation, separate but equal, is still a reality for many of these students. It is imperative that teacher candidates in special education are given educational opportunities to engage in dialogue, observe and explore, and experience advocacy initiatives surrounding the issues of equality in education for students with significant disabilities. Furthermore, understanding of the history of education in the United States for this population and the global perspective and state of special education will aid the future special educator in become a globally responsible advocate for change and social justice for all students with significant disabilities. This blog aims to document the process of developing collaborative relationships to provide global educational opportunities for exceptional education teacher candidates at Buffalo State.
CHILE- International PDS
Nancy Chicola, chair of Elementary Education and Reading, and Eric Krieg, associate professor of Sociology, travel to Santiago, Chile beginning June 8 with a cohort of 8 teacher education students for 3-week visit. The teacher candidates will engage in intensive Spanish language instruction at the ECELA language school, develop Spanish language and cultural proficiency through home stays with Chilean families, study of the Chilean education system through interactions with Universidad Mayor English Pedagogy teacher candidates and faculty, and learn about Chilean public schools by participating in the Global Book Hour and field experiences in Santiago’s School 25.
Visit the Chile project blog at: http://chilepdsatbsedu.wordpress.com/
ZAMBIA- International PDS
Elementary Education and Reading faculty Hibajene Shandomo, associate professor, and Sherri Weber, lecturer, travel to Lusaka, Zambia beginning June 7 with a cohort of 12 undergraduates and 3 graduate students for a 3-week visit. The teacher candidates will observe and teach at Libala Basic School and gather research regarding the Zambian educational system.
Visit the Zambia project blog at: http://zambiapdsatbsedu.wordpress.com/