Buffalo State, BPS Launch Urban Teacher Academy

Urban Teacher AcademyBuffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner and Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash announced plans on April 3 for the new Urban Teacher Academy at McKinley High School.

The academy will accept its first cohort of students in fall 2017 at McKinley. Faculty members from Buffalo State and staff members from the Buffalo Public Schools will develop the curricula for four college-level courses that will be taught as part of the academy. Academy students will also take part in activities at Buffalo State to help them prepare for college.

Students who successfully complete the four-year Urban Teacher Academy at McKinley will be accepted into Buffalo State’s teacher education programs with 12 credit hours already completed toward a bachelor’s degree.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Buffalo Public Schools and McKinley High School on the Urban Teacher Academy,” said Conway-Turner. “Encouraging our local high school students to pursue the profession of teaching has the potential to benefit not just the Buffalo Public Schools but any school district with a diverse student body.”