The School of Education’s International Professional Development Schools Consortium (IPDS) recently hosted a group from the Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. Beginning January 23, the cohort of eight education students and their professor stayed in Buffalo visiting schools and campus classrooms. They studied the structure of the United States school system and observed and worked alongside teachers at several schools in Buffalo. They also provided a campus presentation that detailed the Chilean education system and teacher certification process. The group did not let the winter temperatures curb efforts to explore the Queen City and learn about American culture, including visits to Niagara Falls and New York City.
Every other spring semester, the IPDS welcomes young education professionals from Santiago to Buffalo. The visitors work closely with teachers at Herman Badillo on Elmwood Avenue and collaborate with Buffalo State teacher education candidates who will be traveling to Chile at the end of the semester.
This May, a group of 10 Buffalo State teacher education students will participate in the IPDS-Chile program, led by Pixita del Prado Hill, professor of elementary education and reading, Angela Patti, assistant professor of exceptional education, and Raquel Schmidt, associate professor of exceptional education. For three weeks the students will work with Universidad Mayor programs partners to expand their knowledge of educational pedagogies and learn about the Chilean education system, engage in intensive Spanish language courses, observe and teach in classrooms, live with host families, and tour Chile to experience local culture and life.
Written by Renee Carr and Tamara Horstman-Riphahn