UB Reporter: DeVELOP Learning to Think, Talk and Act Like an Engineer

Welcome to the Engineering Club at Sweet Home School District’s Heritage Heights Elementary. Joey and Anton are eager third-graders working on how they can attach the back wheels (CDs) to an axle (pencil) to a car body (foam core board) that will be powered by a rubber band.

The boys are part of an after-school club sponsored by the University at Buffalo’s CLaRI (Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction) and NYSCEDII (The New York State Center for Engineering Design and Industrial Innovation), along with support from the Graduate School of Education and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UB…

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WIVB: The 21st Century parent-How to handle technology

News 4 talked to University at Buffalo Professor Mary McVee, with the Graduate School of education, about how to deal with introducing technology to children. McVee says every family should decide what types of values they put on media and come up with a “family media plan”. “Think ahead, what do you want your family policies to be? That includes cell phone use, as well as other digital devices”….

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Additional Parent Resources
American Academy of Pediatrics (Safetyet)
AAP – Family Media Use Plan
Common Sense Media (Parent Concerns)

WIVB: The 21st Century parent-How to handle technology
WIVB: The 21st Century parent-How to handle technology

WIVB: Lafayette Students Use iPads to Improve English Skills

Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WIVB) – Can learning how to use an iPad, also help non-native speakers learn English?  That’s precisely how the University at Buffalo and Buffalo’s Lafayette High School are teaming up to help international students improve their language skills.

The Buffalo Partnership Project got started two years ago, with the help of grant money from the State Education Department. UB applied for the grant and chose to work with Lafayette High School on the project…

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UB Reporter: Buffalo Partnership Project Changing Lives of Refugee Students

Buffalo Public School social studies teacher Lisa Spaulding has heard the background stories of the refugee students at Lafayette High School, particularly the ones told by the girls. “Absolutely hair-raising,” Spaulding says. “Frightening. All absolutely heart-breaking.” And that’s why the work she has done with faculty and doctoral students in UB’s Graduate School of Education means so much…

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UB Reporter: McVee Recognized by AERA

Mary McVee, whose work in UB’s Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction (CLaRI) has earned praise and publicity from educational experts as well as mainstream media, will receive the Division K Mid-Career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), a national honor recognizing an outstanding researcher in the intermediate stage of her career….

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McVee recognized by AERA
McVee recognized by AERA

.edu Newsletter: Thanks UB to Supporters of Literacy Specialist Program

Chad White says he owes his career choice to his seventh-grade social studies teacher who “absolutely loved to come into the classroom every day.” The educator covered classroom walls with historic quotes and inspired an all-school Civil War Day, his favorite period of U.S. history. Chad, who favors the two World Wars, will bring history to life for urban high school students. Chad was awarded a scholarship that helped him earn a BA in history and a literacy specialist master’s degree….

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Buffalo News Blog: When Should Kids Start Reading?

It’s never too early to start reading to your children. That’s one of the lessons Mary McVee – the key source for today’s WNY Refresh cover story on teaching kids to read – hopes parents will take to heart.  “One of the things people will often think is that there isn’t a reason to read to their child until a child is 2 or 3 or preschool age, or at least a toddler, but you can start reading to a child before they’re born….

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