The Community Academic Center (CAC) coordinates and provides cradle-to-career educational support programming for youth and families on Buffalo’s West Side. Programming is developed and designed in collaboration with campus and community partners. Activities and offerings range from outside of school time enrichment to instruction for newcomer refugee youth and parents. The CAC is jointly operated by the Center for Excellence in Rural and Urban Education and the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center and is located at 214 Grant Street, just south of Lafayette Avenue.
The Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) was established to proactively meet the needs of disadvantaged students and their schools in urban and impacted rural areas. CEURE's mission is to close the student achievement gap, revitalize impacted schools to facilitate teacher retention, and provide qualified, effective teachers for every classroom that needs one. To this end, CEURE has initiated ongoing efforts to shape culturally responsive education strategies that benefit students in Western New York's city and rural schools.
The Global Book Hour (GBH) is a collaborative effort between the Elementary Education and Reading Department and Wegmans (Amherst Street, Buffalo). GBH promotes family literacy and global awareness through weekly book hour sessions that integrate geography, music, visual arts, and healthy eating. Teacher candidates facilitate the program by reading aloud to participants and offering reading strategies and activities for families. Every child departs the session with a free multicultural-focused book to keep.
The School of Education Literacy Center offers diagnosis and tutoring for K-12 students who need help with literacy skills. Tutors in the program are graduate students completing their Literacy Specialist certification and/or master’s degree in education, and work under the guidance of experts in the reading field.
The Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership between the Department of Elementary Education and Reading at Buffalo State College and participating schools is a collaborative effort. The partnership is dedicated to college faculty, school administrators, and practicing teachers exploring effective practices to (1) cooperatively supervise preservice teachers and provide closer connections to classroom practice; (2) promote professional development for inservice teachers; (3) improve student learning; and (4) research the problems of educational practice.
The New York State Education Department awarded Buffalo State College a 5-year grant totaling $1.5 million to develop a statewide New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center (NYS RtI TAC). This center is a consortium between Buffalo State College, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York University, College of St. Rose, Syracuse University, and Mid-Hudson Region. The NYS RtI TAC mission is to support capacity-building efforts of NYS schools to implement proven and promising practices within a Response to Intervention model. The Center will compile and disseminate information and resources as well as provide technical assistance and professional development to schools. (Visit the RtI website at http://www.nysrti.org or email Theresa Janczak.)
The Archie L. Hunter Media Discovery Center, a collaborative effort between the School of Education and the Ellicott-Masten YMCA, is designed to assist in bridging the technological gap found between seniors and the youth to whom they are guardians. The program establishes resources and curriculum intended to connect area community members, in particular elder members, with up-to-date equipment and training that will help them become familiar with commonly used electronics. VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
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