Buffalo Public Schools Community School & Canisius College Collaboration
Canisius College Center for Urban Education (CCCUE) and Buffalo Public Schools have begun a three-year plan to increase Buffalo Public Community Schools. This partnership has started at Lydia T. Wright #89, Hamlin Park Claude & Ouida Clapp #74, and Burgard High-School #301.
First-year college students enrolled in Canisius’ teacher education program have begun visiting community schools to observe and get a first-person view of how schools implement trauma-informed care and restorative practices in the classroom. During October Saturday Academies, Canisius College juniors, and graduate students studying to become physical education teachers provided physical fitness activities for participants of all ages. Professor Liz Truesdell, who uses this experience to help her students perfect their craft, supervised the activities.
During a Burgard High School Saturday Academy, Canisius College Biology professor Dr. Hogan was able to show curious Burgard students the functions of the brain by bringing in specimens for participants to see, hold and examine.
Also, Canisius College’s D1 Baseball team was on hand to pass out candy to early trick-or-treaters and share what it is like to be a college student during the PS #89 Lydia T. Wright Saturday Academy on 10/30/2021.
This work is guided by Canisius College’s Center for Urban Education and Buffalo Public Schools Office of Strategic Alignment. The goal of this partnership, besides being good neighbors, is to increase access for Canisius College students in the Buffalo Public Community Schools to prepare them for a successful future in education.
Canisius College PE Initiative at Hamlin Park
Canisius College has launched a Physical Education initiative at School #74. The Physical Education faculty of Canisius College has been working in collaboration with Mr. Ertel, the Hamlin Park PE Teacher, to deliver Models Based lessons to the students. Teacher candidates are co-teaching classes using a Tactical Games Model (TGM).
The following article outlines more about this exciting partnership:
Lindauer, J., & Seymour, C. (2021). Like Riding a Bike: Tactical Intentionality in a PETE Curriculum. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. https://doi.org/10.1080/07303084.2021.1962444