The New York Times Features UB's Work and Research with Buffalo Public Schools

Release Date: December 21, 2009 This content is archived.


In a front-page New York Times story, "Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them," the work of UB researchers Doug Clements and Julie Sarama is featured prominently.

The story describes Clements' and Sarama's Building Blocks program to enrich math education. Building Blocks is one of the few programs resulting from new discoveries in the field of cognitive science that has a track record. According to the New York Times story, UB's Building Blocks program is one that could "transform teaching from the bottom up." The story profiles the program's use in the Buffalo Public Schools, including in the preschool program at Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center.

The story was listed Monday as the Times' most popular emailed story. A large front-page photo of children in the center accompanies the story.

Clements is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Learning and Instruction in UB's Graduate School of Education and Sarama is an associate professor of learning and instruction in the UB school.

UB's news release on the Building Blocks program, with a photo of Clements and Sarama, is available at

The Building Blocks program also is featured in UB's "Reaching Others" branding campaign:

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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