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Denise Grandits recognized for use of digital media and technology in the classroom

BUFFALO, N.Y. WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto announced Denise Grandits from St. Amelia School as one of the 100 educators selected for the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program. The program, which is in its third year, recognizes tech-savvy K-12 educators who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:36

Focus on Education: Student Voices

(Bottom row, left to right: Brian Meyer, WBFO News Director; Daija Jones, Mount St. Mary Academy; Damario Burks, Hutchinson Central Technical High School; Myshaleek Harris, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory High School. Top row, left to right: Dan Wilczewski, Global Concepts Charter High School; Richard Bell, Kenmore East High School; Joshue Cruz, Riverside Institute of Technology; India Hector, Leonardo Da Vinci High School.)


"Focus on Education: Student Voices" premiered Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV.

(repeats May 23 at 2:30 a.m., May 27 at 10 p.m., and May 28 at 12:30 a.m.)

In education reform, we consistently hear from state and local leaders, school boards and district superintendents on change and student performance. Many times students are not directly asked what their concerns are or the challenges they face in meeting these expectations. WNED | WBFO hosted 42 students from 13 area high schools to discuss their concerns. From these discussions, it was determined that the three most prevalent concerns of the students were personal matters and peer relationships, family and home environment, and existing school support systems.

WNED | WBFO invited back seven of these students to share their stories and insights with classmates, staff and the viewing audience on "Focus on Education: Student Voices," a WNED-TV production. Program hosts, WBFO News Director, Brian Meyer, and Senior Reporter, Eileen Buckley explore what students are saying about their daily struggles in and out of school. Individuals, organizations and communities share the responsibility of creating an appropriate environment for young people to succeed and thrive. How can our community provide support and guide youth in becoming successful, productive adults?

The students shared their concerns with those who can help. In addition to the high school students on the panel and in our audience, four local student and family advocates and professionals – George Bushey, Depew High School; Aundrea Sanders, Buffalo Public Schools; Janet Cerra, Kenmore-Tonawanda; and Lamont Williams, Hillside Family Services - provide feedback and perspective on the student, peer, family and school environments that exist today.  The community will hear directly from student panelists, their classmates and others in the audience to explore concerns and offer insights for change. The hope is to not only bring issues of concern from students to the forefront, but to seek resolution, offer next step scenarios and empower each person attending to take something back to their school and community for change.


Participating high schools are: Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, Burgard High School, Cheektowaga Central High School, Depew High School, Global Concepts Charter School, Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Kenmore East High School, Kenmore West High School, Leonardo Da Vinci High School, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Riverside Institute of Technology, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and St. Mary’s of Lancaster High School.





Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #StudentVoicesWBFO 

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Watch the Focus on Education: Student Voices trailer

Student Voices will be featured in a WBFO 4-part series leading up to the television broadcast.

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 1

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 2

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 3

Listen to: Student Voices: Part 4



This town hall is made possible in part by

the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Let’s Make it Happen Initiative.




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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 19:59

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Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:01

Buffalo's First Ward

The First Ward built Buffalo and, to some degree, America. The industries that blossomed along the shores of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie are largely responsible for creating Buffalo as a manufacturing and industrial powerhouse from the early 1800s through the mid-1900s. Buffalo’s industrial strength fueled American economic growth and expansion.

Published in Individual Shows
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 19:58

Getting College and Career Ready

Getting College & Career Ready
March 18, 2015
Buffalo National College Fair - Buffalo Niagara Convention Center

The Common Core Learning Standards across the country all support the ideal of “college and career ready” as a major initiative for all graduates of high school. What does this mean to parents and students? Having a general understanding of options and choices available for their children is not adequate today in making decisions that include both college and careers. What are employers seeking and saying about entry-level career options and readiness? 

  • Can high school graduates today afford not to go to college?
  • What kind of teaching and learning is happening in high school and are they aligned with college expectations?
  • Are there realistic career opportunities that are available to high school graduates without a degree, but some formal education beyond high school that colleges offer?
  • How can I ensure fair value for college costs and future employment outlooks for my children?
  • What is the economic climate in WNY and Buffalo for future career opportunities?

The following local experts shared their insights to provide attendees with important information before attending the College Fair:

Ms. Elizabeth Callahan, director, Workforce Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Dr. Nathan Daun-Barnett, associate professor, Graduate School of Education, SUNY at Buffalo
Dr. Steven Harvey, executive director, WNY College Connection
Dr. Susan McCartney, director, Small Business Development Center, Buffalo State College 
Mr. Darrell Slisz, director, Workforce and Education, Catholic Charities

Moderator - Dr. John Craig, vice president – education and outreach, WNED|WBFO

This town hall was held at the Buffalo National College Fair, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on Wednesday, March 18. The event was sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). The college fair began at 6 p.m. and provided workshops and college admission staff from a host of colleges and universities.


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