June 16, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) President Phil Rumore is “excited” about a new “grow your own” Teacher Preparation Program in the City of Buffalo – the Urban Teacher Academy.
Starting this Fall, a cohort of ninth-graders in the city’s McKinley High School will embark on a four-year program of career-focused classes that introduces them to the teaching profession and allows them to earn up to 12 college credits.
“It’s the ‘whole’ package,” Rumore said told the New York State United Teachers’ (NYSUT) publication NYSUT United. “This is ‘something many of us have wanted to do for years.’ It will ‘encourage’ kids – ‘and their parents’ – ‘to think about a career in education.’”
During a subsequent interview with WNYLaborToday.com, Rumore told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper that the effort “has been one of my dreams for ten years.”
“And ‘I’ve been saying it for fifteen years,’” he said. “We’re ‘ready to go.’ This is an ‘integral part’ to work with the family of students. Families are ‘in distress.’ But ‘we now have a chance to help them and turn things around in the city.’ The (Buffalo Schools) Superintendent (Kriner Cash) ‘is in line with that and he really seems to want to do the right thing.’”
Rumore noted students will get field experience in Buffalo classrooms and be matched with a mentor already working in the school system: “The mentor component is ‘critical’ so the student ‘has someone to talk to, to encourage them.’”