New Center for Urban Education Created at Canisius

January 9, 2017


Students in the college’s teacher education program now have enriched experiences thanks to a new partnership with the National Alliance for Effective Education (NUA). The two have joined forces to create a Center for Urban Education. Housed in the college’s School of Education & Human Services, the Center for Urban Education will enhance the quality of teaching and learning in urban schools across Western New York.

Using NUA’s proven approach to educating diverse populations, the Center will produce significant and sustainable improvements in teacher education by emphasizing content knowledge, research-based pedagogy, teacher recruitment and retention, professional development, mentorship and networking opportunities for new and current teaching professionals.

The NUA’s mission is to substantiate an irrefutable belief in the capacity of all public school children to achieve the high intellectual performances demanded in higher education and the workplace.

“We bring gifted education and neuroscience strategies into schools for all students, with the goal of eliminating the gap between a child’s potential and how that child is actually performing,” said Eric J. Cooper, president and founder of NUA. “The Center will enrich the experiences of teachers, building on what they already know, so that students who are not succeeding as well as they could can be better served.”

Canisius College President John Hurley said the college is excited to launch a center committed to inspiring urban students to reach the highest levels of academic performance.

“The expertise and resources of the partnership will serve to enhance the overall quality of our teacher education program and provide potential teachers for Buffalo’s and other area schools,” Hurley said. “And an invigorated recruitment and retention component of this project will enhance the number and diversity of the candidate pool – and promote the retention and success of graduates in urban teaching positions.”

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit, Catholic universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.