The quality of a research institution is not measured just by the quality of its students' learning experience, or by the quality of its faculty members' scholarship, but by its capacity to integrate the two. In a professional school, the key to that integration lies in sustained, critical, always-respectful engagement with the profession, and those it serves. It depends upon creating a community of learners devoted to service.
The efforts of our students and faculty members to create such a community are supported by an organizational infrastructure of coordinating councils, teacher centers, professional development schools, subject matter academies, specially-funded research and development projects, and skilled staff members, all devoted to nurturing collaborative partnerships between preservice teachers, university faculty, and practicing teachers and administrators.
West Genesee Teacher Center and Jamesville-Dewitt Teacher Center
Professional development centers for educators in the Jamesville-Dewitt and West Genesee school districts, each directed by a full-time coordinator who is a member of the University faculty, who plays a key role in linking our teacher preparation programs with area schools, and each offering extensive inservice programs and support for University-School collaborative research efforts.
Psycho-Educational Teaching Laboratory
A clinical laboratory that trains future teachers to identify potential obstacles to individual children's learning and develop intervention strategies for overcoming those obstacles, through actual assessments of roughly thirty preschool through secondary students each year.
Institute on Communication and Inclusion
An institute that sponsors training workshops for future teachers, educators, and parents, as well as research and dissemination of information regarding facilitated communication, an assistive technology and means of expression for persons who cannot talk or whose speech is limited.
Study Council at Syracuse University
A membership organization of more than 160 school districts in central and northern New York. Its mission is "the promotion of educational excellence and supportive relationships between individual schools, school districts, educational agencies ands the School of Education at Syracuse University through ongoing study and dissemination of evolutional theory and practice." Based on assessments of needs and interests, services provided include conferences, issue-related long-term study seminars, and collaborative action research. The Council also creates and disseminates documents of interest to educators and hosts programs relevant to the work of member school boards.
Coordinates more than five hundred field placements each semester for students in area schools; arranges staff development programs for cooperating teachers and field supervisors in conjunction with the field placements. As students complete each stage of professional training, the office arranges for Academy of Educator meetings to review student portfolio and field inquiry projects.