Elementary Education and Reading faculty Kate Dust and SUNY BSC student Eucharia Ezeoyili
Missonary Sister and SUNY Buffalo State student Eucharia Ezeoyili currently enrolled in EDU 220 will be a new American citizen on May, 4 2017 at City Hall.
Eucharia is a missionary sister from Africa, originally part of a group of 5 Sisters that came to the US and lived in Texas 5 years ago, she has been in Buffalo for the last 2 years and lives on Franklin St. with missionary sisters from Brazil. They operate and teach at Rainbow School on Franklin St., a small, Catholic, private school for children PreK through 2nd Grade.
The Department of Elementary Education and Reading hosted a Professional Development School (PDS) orientation session for about 75 students who are entering teaching methods classes in the fall. The session was meant to build community and welcome students to this next phase of their preparation. They met faculty members, heard details about the PDS sites and learned more about the professional behaviors that will allow them to contribute to student learning in the classrooms Day 1. Stephanie Zuckerman-Aviles shared information about how to start preparing now for the expanding teaching job market and how the Career Development Center can help.
Recently Crystal Holmes-Smith was invited to serve as a Peace Corp Volunteer. Beginning in August 2017 she will serve as an English as a Foreign Language Co-Teacher in Nicaragua.
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Posted: September 2, 2016 By Mary A. Durlak
When senior Brianna Ware heads to Houston to complete her student teaching in October, she’s buying a one-way ticket.
“In Houston, they actually have billboards that say, ‘Do you want to teach? When can you start?’” said Ware.
In May, the Houston Independent School District (HISD) had 400 vacancies, and it is just one of several school districts serving the city and its population of more than two million people. To meet the demand, HISD and other school districts including the Aldine Independent School District are encouraging education majors from around the country to visit Houston and its schools.
One-Week Interns Board with Administrators
Those visits are personal. “Student interns are invited to participate in a one-week placement in an urban school setting,” Andrew Papke, senior recruiter for HISD, wrote in an e-mail. “They are hosted by district administrators during their visit.” The brief visit introduces the student to the possibility of becoming a teacher in Houston. Students who do their student-teaching in Houston successfully are hired.
During the placement, each intern gets hands-on training from a master teacher and, by the end of one week, shifts to being the lead teacher in the classroom. “The student intern is encouraged to be creative and take risks, so they learn it is OK to make mistakes, as this is what makes a good teacher great,” Papke wrote.
Ware’s first visit took place in May. “I went in to teach in a second-grade class on Monday,” said Ware, “and my mentor was amazing at giving suggestions. It wasn’t all simple lesson plans; the class had arts and activities, and the teacher used a lot of technology.”
Dean Paterson Shares Opportunity with Students
Ware learned about the Houston program in an e-mail from School of Education Dean Wendy Paterson, who worked with HISD to establish the opportunity for Buffalo State students interested in pursuing teaching careers outside of the local area. “Many of our students want to stay local,” said Paterson, “but we encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities Buffalo State offers to travel and learn.”
“Buff State is really good for giving you classroom experience so you can make the right decision about a major,” Ware said, who chose early childhood education. “When I worked with kindergartners, I really enjoyed it. They are little people with big personalities who have a lot to say. And I believe that if children have a good start they can make better choices.”
Ware hopes to teach in a school with a higher poverty level. “I want to have the opportunity to make a difference,” she said. “I want my students to come to school and learn because it will be the best part of their day.”
Daniel Klein and Emily Baker were the recipients of a 2016 Ida M. Lautz Grant-in-Aid Award presented by the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. The award ceremony took place at the Forestview Restaurant during a meeting of the chapter. Dan and Emily were chosen through an application, nomination, and interview process conducted by the scholarship committee of the Alpha Lambda Chapter.
Posted: May 5, 2016
Elizabeth Malinowski has earned a bachelor of science degree in childhood education with a concentration in mathematics, attaining a 3.69 GPA while serving as captain of the Buffalo State women’s soccer team.
Malinowski will receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence during the 10:00 a.m. baccalaureate ceremony at Buffalo State’s 144th Commencement, Saturday, May 14, in the Sports Arena.
She is an ambitious student with demonstrated confidence in her teaching abilities and an intangible set of leadership qualities that make her a valued classmate and teammate.
An aspiring teacher and member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, she sought out challenging student-teaching and research assignments that would best prepare her for a career in education. In 2015, she was awarded an Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship through the Buffalo State Undergraduate Research Office to analyze, interpret, and write a case study about reading proficiency among young Native American students. In her student-teaching placements, her mentors described her as having the classroom-management skills of a veteran teacher with a level of efficiency that was fueled by her strong work ethic and professional concern for her students’ progress.
As a student-athlete, she earned SUNYAC All-Academic honors for four consecutive years and helped the soccer team reach the SUNYAC playoffs three times. Tough and durable, she gained the admiration of her teammates and demonstrated how to win with modesty and persevere through losses. Off the field, she was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and led “I Am College Bound” and “Kid’s Night Out” activities for local schoolchildren.
Malinowski has volunteered in the community with Buffalo State’s Global Book Hour as well as the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb, the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk, and the Amherst Soccer Association’s youth girls programs.
Mary C. Cummings, Mindy Lamb, and Dr. Conway-Turner
Nancy Abdelhaq, Anthony Adamo, Brittani Adinolfi, Robin Anthony, Rachel Aquino, Jessica Arana, Jazmen Avery, Emily Babcock, Melissa Baez, Annie Berg, Chanel Brown, Rachel Browning, Lynsie Budde, Emma Carpenter, Mercedes Charlong, Victoria D'amaro, Carina Dellapietra, Kaleigh Deuser, Amanda Eichinger, Stacy Erokwu, Miranda Fischer, Leah Flick, Melissa Fort, Nicole Gaston, Emily Gelsinger, Tee-Ahna Gilmore, Pamela Gon, Jamie Guerra, Megan Haefner, Nicole Hahn, Bryanna Hill, Jenna Johnson, Jordan Keenan, Daniel Klein, Tyler Lago, Amanda Landsittel, Erin Lawson, Jenna Lettieri, Gabriel Lewis, Kristen Lillis, Elizabeth Lusk, Nancy Lynam, Abigail Malczewski, Elizabeth Malinowski, Tricia Markel, Dana Mastropoll, Ashley McCool, Andrea Mermigas, Elizabeth Meyerhofer, Jenelle Middone, Colvina Mitchell, Carlie Mogavero, Kayla Moore, Samira Musaid, Heather Neuburger, Melissa Olejniczak, Rebecca Owen, Haley Palmateer, Mia Pasqualetti, Katelin Petranchuk, Elizabeth Piazza, Krista Regdos, Ashley Reinhardt-Mohn, Andrew Reitz, Kelsey Sacco, Karla Salamea, Nicole Schneggenburger, Melanie Seres, Nailah Shah-Taylor, Kathleen Shaw, Roseanna Spencer, Juliane Stachowski, Angelina Stromberg, Carolyne Szpaicher, Bethany Tabone, Christina Tomassi, Breana Walker, Merideth Watson, Judith Wells-Brader, Jessica Zaidel.
From left to right top row: Dr. Sue McMillen, Crystal Holmes-Smith, Katey Syracuse, Ashely Weslak, Brianna Ware, and Daniel Klein.
From left to right bottom row: Caleb Moore and Morgan Allender
Not Pictured: Devon Holler and Dr. Pixita del Prado Hill, Dr. Sherri Weber
NAPDS 2016 Presentations
Crystal Holmes-Smith- EER Graduate Student
We went to City Hall to present Mayor Brown with a gift from the Mayor of Muhanga, Rwanda, one of Buffalo’s Sister Cities. While there, we received a tour of the Mayor’s office and a short lesson on the history of the items found in the office and of the entire City Hall building. We even got to converse with the mayor himself. We talked about the life lessons we brought back from Rwanda and our plans for the future. It was a great experience!
Liz Malinowski, a senior in Elementary Education & Reading, donated a class set of books, The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich, to A.J. Schmidt Elementary School and the Cattaraugus Reservation at the conclusion of her summer research, which focused on the literacy practices of Seneca students. Malinowski chose The Birchbark House because she hoped the book would help the students at A.J. Schmidt, particularly the students from the Seneca Nation, learn about the Ojibwa Nation and how they lived during the Western Expansion of the United States. Malinowski said she donated the books because, “It was my way of saying thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with your [Seneca] children.”
During the spring and summer of 2015, Malinowski conducted a qualitative case study with two fifth-grade Seneca students that examined the students' thoughts about themselves as readers. Survey and interview data revealed that the students thought highly about themselves as readers and they attributed this thinking to the adults in their lives. Both students said that their parents and teachers emboldened them to practice reading and this led to an increase in their confidence to decode words, understand the meaning of new words and use the comprehension strategies taught to them. Malinowski learned that having confidence in one's reading ability is important because readers with poor attitudes toward reading hinder their reading skills and choose not to read when other options exist (McKenna, Kear, & Ellsworth, 1995; Cain & Oakhill, 2011). She also learned that students who believe they can accomplish a task will spend more time on that task (Pajares, 1996).
In an effort to increase time on task, in this case practicing reading, Malinowski thought it would be important to provide A.J. Schmidt students with a story that embodied the characteristics of one of the students in her study. According to Malinowski, “the main character of The Birchbark House, Omakaya, is a gifted and hard working apprentice in the art of healing, as taught by her grandma, just like Emma [a student in the study] is a gifted and hardworking reader and role model to all students.” This class set of books will help elementary students and their teachers make connections between the histories of the Ojibwa and Seneca nations.
Malinowski worked with Dr. Chris T. Shively, assistant professor in Elementary Education, on this undergraduate research project. The researchers would like to thank the Seneca Nation, Mrs. Jill Clark from A.J Schmidt Elementary School, the Office of Undergraduate Research at Buffalo State and especially the Seneca students who shared their thoughts with them.
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