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What Is the Year of the Teacher?


"With our selection as a host campus for the new Master Teacher Program and our outstanding School of Education, this is certainly the opportune year to celebrate and focus on teachers and the profession.”

—Aaron Podolefsky


To honor the late President Podolefsky, SUNY Buffalo State is continuing the tradition of offering a focused theme to highlight the many classroom and civic engagement opportunities that make the institution renowned for excellence in teaching.

The 2013–2014 theme, the Year of the Teacher, reflects Buffalo State's legacy, its present dedication to lifelong learning, and its future commitment to education as a robust agent for change.

The Year of the Teacher underscores education as a vehicle for improving the lives of students—no matter their age, location, or situation.

As eloquent evidence of the power of teaching to transform lives even in the midst of ignorance, Malala Yousafzai, a courageous 16-year-old girl and champion of the right to education for all children, stood before dignitaries in the United Nations and reminded us: “One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”


"SUNY Buffalo State is proud of its historical roots as a teacher training school. Today, 142 years later, we remain committed to educating future teachers, even as we have added a rich variety of other academic programs to meet the contemporary needs of our students and our Western New York region. In this Year of the Teacher, Buffalo State will recognize and celebrate the dedication and professionalism of all teachers.”

—Howard Cohen
Buffalo State Interim President


Urban Education

Applying Technology and Social Media

Partnerships and Clinically Rich Experiences

Global Engagement

Research and Methods

Because of Buffalo State.