Sweet Home Middle & High Schools
Canisius College and Sweet Home Middle and High Schools have parterned together to create a Professional Development School. Adolescence Education candidates complete field experiences and student teaching placements in grades 7-12. Under the expert mentoring of highly qualified teachers and administrators, the students of Sweet Home and Canisius excel.
Canisius Counseling and Human Service Department works with the Sweet Home students in three different mentoring programs. One at the middle school level and two at the high school. Two programs focus on how students transition from urban to suburban locations and the other is a one-on-one mentoring program. In this program 15 Canisius graduate students meet with students once a week for an entire year.
Sweet Home teachers and staff as well as Mr. Heffley offer eight seminars per year taught on site at Sweet Home. The topics for these seminars range from how to have a successful interview to how to build your resume.
One of the exciting programs done at Sweet Home is the research project. Students in an honors class at Sweet Home are paired wth professors at Canisius who help them conduct original research. They then present this research at Ignatian Scholarship Day at Canisius.
This year, Dr. Bailey and Dr. Finn are teaching classes on site at Sweet Home. These classes are especially beneficial to Canisius students because they are able to work directly with the Sweet Home faculty as well as have faculty and administrators speak at these classes. There are also other classes in which the Canisius students visit Sweet Home Middle School followed by a seminar presented by Mr. Heffley and a Sweet Home administrator.
Both Sweet Home Middle and High Schools host multiple Pre-Student Teachers and Student Teachers each semester.
For more information, contact the PDS liaisons:
Peter J. Heffley, Coordinating Supervisor of Student Teachers, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nancy Bailey, Assistant Professor, Adolescence Education, email@example.com