Office of Educational
Office of Educational Partnerships
Office of Educational Partnerships at Canisius College, in concert with school partners, alumni and the community, seeks to prepare highly effective, professional and socially committed educators who value Jesuit traditions and work towards social justice and leadership through service.
Strong collaborative partnerships with area P-12 schools and high quality clinical practice are central to the preparation of teacher candidates at Canisius College. We deeply value our strong community partnerships that share a commitment to innovative practices and support mutually beneficial arrangements.
The development and sustainability of effective and dynamic partnerships requires participation in formal roles across institutional settings to allow for rich discourse related to P-12 student learning, mutually agreeable expectations for teacher preparation, and reciprocal professional development opportunities.
Student Teaching Advisory and Partnership Council, with broad representation from local public, charter and Catholic school partners, meets twice annually to advise the Director of Educational Partnerships on topics related to the preparation of teacher candidates, the selection and training of clinical educators (cooperating teachers and college supervisors) and the design and delivery of clinical experiences.
A unique partnership between Canisius College, high needs urban schools in the Buffalo area and AmeriCorps Builds Lives Through Education (ABLE) provides a service opportunity for undergraduate teacher candidates to extend their field experience requirements and sustain their contribution to a partnership school through tutoring and academic assistance.
Canisius College and Teach for America share a mutual vision of how quality teacher preparation can directly lead to improved academic outcomes. Canisius College is the exclusive Buffalo partner to recruit, educate and support corps members to become highly qualified teachers.
For more information about partnerships and field experiences, please contact:
Nancy Wallace, Ph.D.
Director, School and Community Partnerships