BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Whether it is the 16-year-old girl from Eritrea
who hid under a burlap bag while riding to safety with her mother
on a camel or the Burmese teenager using her newfound language
skills to fight through adolescent hepatitis, the Buffalo
Partnership Project is about personal stories of academic success
for refugee children who have endured what their teachers call
“frightening, heartbreaking” adversity.
Now the public will get the chance to talk to some of these
students and watch how a combination of old-fashioned teacher
guidance and cyberspace tools makes a real difference. An open
house organized by the University at Buffalo and the Buffalo Public
Schools will demonstrate how these children are making real
progress learning basic skills essential for a successful and happy
transition to adult life.
“My hope is that the iPad exhibition gives
Lafayette’s teachers and students an opportunity to show the
community that they are creative, imaginative and strong,”
says Fenice Boyd, principal investigator of the Buffalo Partnership
Project Collaborative and associate professor of literacy at UB.
“With the right efforts and supports, they have what it takes
to be college and career ready.”
What: The “Voices of Lafayette High School’s
Community” iPad expo will showcase the work being done by
students and teachers in one of the most challenging academic
environments in the area.
When: from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
Where: The corridor outside the Apple Store on the lower
level of the Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga.
Who: Students, teachers and administrators invested in
the program will be on hand to demonstrate their new skills and
show how the latest technology has led to concrete accomplishments,
academic progress and personal confidence.
Why: Educators are working to “reverse the
narrative” about Lafayette High School, a high school
identified as a “failing school” and known for its low
test scores. The expo at the mall is a real, specific example of
how the university and the public school system can work together
to improve individual students’ lives.
For More Information: Read the full story at http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/05/044.html
or visit the Partnership’s website at http://www.bppcollaborative.blogspot.com/.