The Dr. Podolefsky Fellowship program is supported by a donation from Eleanor Woods Beals ’50 and her husband Vaughn Beals made in memory of Dr. Aaron Podolefsky, Buffalo State’s eighth president. Dr. Podolefsky’s legacy for Buffalo State included a passion for Buffalo State becoming “Buffalo’s university.” The fellowships are designed in his honor to provide education majors (and others with an interest in working with urban youth and families) the opportunity to gain practical experience engaging with diverse youth and families in Buffalo; with a specific focus on the West Side community. In addition, the Dr. Podolefsky Fellowship program strategically increases Buffalo State’s presence, active engagement and impact on the community through CEURE’s partnerships with community organizations. Buffalo State students are placed with community partners serving children and youth in a variety of capacities with a focus on supporting their educational success, growth and development.
The goal(s) of the program are to provide students: (a) structured, clinically rich, supportive opportunities for education majors to develop their skills in contexts that are unique from their other practical experiences; (b) practice implementing diagnostic assessment and instruction and develop classroom management techniques with small groups of students; (c) opportunities to engage with diverse, urban youth in less formal learning contexts than they typically encounter during most of their school-based practicum placements.