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For media: Julie Long at (585) 389-2456
For Center questions: Shirley Sommers, director of the Frontier Center for Urban Education at (585) 389-2958.
The Nazareth College School of Education has a long history of preparing teachers for teaching in urban schools, and it is celebrating the opening of its new Frontier Center for Urban Education on Friday, October 1. The Center serves as a support structure for all urban education initiatives within the College’s School of Education. It also houses resources in terms of books, research, and teaching tools related to urban education. The center is located in the Golisano Academic Center on the second floor on Nazareth’s Campus, 4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. For more information, please call Shirley Sommers, director of the Frontier Center for Urban Education at (585) 389-2958.
Some of the initiatives within the Frontier Center for Urban Education include: Nazareth College GEAR UP programs, providing programs where Nazareth students go into Rochester City School district classrooms and work with teachers; professional development opportunities for urban teachers; Nazareth's student teachers are placed in many Rochester City schools; and the Teacher Opportunity Corps,(TOC) a Nazareth collaboration with the Rochester City School District to prepare teachers of color to address the learning needs of students in high-need schools.
In November, the center will host fifth and sixth grade students from urban schools for: Listening to Urban Students' Voices: What makes an effective teacher? The youth will discuss characteristics of a good teacher with Nazareth students studying education at Nazareth. The department has also planned a lecture series in early 2011. These will reflect urban students' voices with a presentation and discussion on strategies that facilitate adjustment and learning of refugee students in urban schools.