BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s Graduate
School of Education will take a leading role helping teachers
prepare for Common Core Learning Standards, adding to the coalition
of educators in support of new college and career readiness
standards for all students, the dean of the school said today.
“All K-12 educators face significant policy implementation
challenges,” says Jaekyung Lee, dean of the Graduate School
of Education. “GSE is at the forefront of supporting the
implementation of common core standards in local schools through
both pre-service and in-service training of educators.
“These ongoing efforts include several one-credit
professional development courses offered this fall semester as well
as curriculum realignment of all educator (school administrator,
teacher, counselor and librarian) preparation programs.”
UB’s GSE will continue to align its curriculum to address
standards in all phases of its instruction, whether it is preparing
teachers, educational leaders, librarians, psychologists or
counselors, Lee said.
The GSE curriculum also stresses the need to prepare for Common
Core standards in its mini courses for the fall semester. These
specifically address the pressing needs of the education community
as far as carrying out Common Core guidelines.
Lee’s words and GSE’s current initiatives follow
endorsements of Common Core standards from local, state and
national educational leaders.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher also praised Common Core in an
article in the Chronicle of Higher Education as an opportunity to
set national standards for public-school education that must not be
The mini-courses for fall build on the existing strengths in
UB’s GSE curriculum and add to innovations and
distinctiveness the school has established in its efforts to
strengthen PreK-16 programs. The unique approaches that GSE has
developed over the years include:
- A liaison school model that immerses students within partner
PreK-12 schools for an academic year, helping students expand their
knowledge and skills as related to the common core learning
standard. Through field experience and teaching components,
students in the teacher education program work alongside PreK-12
teachers, observing others’ practices, participating in
professional development opportunities within the schools and
teaching that is mentored both by school and university-based
- An educational administration certification program, Leadership
Initiative for Tomorrow’s Schools (LIFTS) that helps leaders
and future leaders develop the skills, including reflective
practice and collaboration, to effectively and fairly implement the
CCLS at the building and district levels.
- Formal and informal ways in which current teachers can tap into
the knowledge and expertise of faculty through a number of mini
one-credit-hour courses designed specifically to speak to their
immediate needs related to implementation of the Common Core.
- Mini-courses for the fall semester (on campus and/or fully
online) through the Center for Continuing and Professional
Education (CCPE) to “empower, educate and help” current
teachers, librarians, staff and others in the education community
prepare themselves to implement the CCLS.
To inquire about these courses or learn more about the graduate
education programs offered through UB’s Graduate School of
Education, visit http://gse.buffalo.edu or call