The Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE) collaborates with school districts, collegiate partners, and community stakeholders to improve the educational and life outcomes of children attending urban and rurals schools. The center supports efforts to recruit, educate, and retain teachers to meet the needs of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse children. CEURE provides a systemic hub that coordinates and administers resources and services to constituent partners. All CEURE activities are integrated through existing departments and professional programs at Buffalo State. CEURE is able to connect Buffalo State's faculty with projects that form substantive school improvement initiatives.
Partnering with CEURE enables high-speed urban and rural schools in Western New York counties to receive vital resources such as personalized student attention, targeted teaching experiences, and site-based programming. Partnering schools also help to prepare future teachers for effective careers as educators of disadvantaged children through integrated field experiences that go beyond site-based methods course instruction and student teaching. CEURE's staff development programming allows K-12 educators to better understand, respond to, and apply education strategies relevant to urban and rural cultural and socioeconomic influences. CEURE assists with the recruitment and preparation of teacher education candidates to work in high needs urban and rural schools as well as support staff development activities in such schools.