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Niagara University formalizes its partnerships with area school districts

LEWISTON – Niagara University has always had a long-standing partnership with local school districts, but on Thursday it formalized agreements to provide support services and education partnerships to neighboring districts.

Dr. Timothy Ireland, Niagara University interim provost, signed a memorandum of understanding with superintendents Mark J. Laurrie of Niagara Falls and Paul J. Casseri of Lewiston-Porter districts. Niagara University is expected to sign a similar agreement with Niagara-Wheatfield in the near future.

Some of the programs available through Niagara University’s College of Education include bringing research-based methodology to the classroom, a family literacy center which allows graduate students to work with at-risk readers and their families, the Help Me Grow program at the university which is designed to mitigate the effects of poverty through early identification and referral of children, and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program.

In February, Niagara University’s 20-year collaboration with the Niagara Falls City School District was recognized with the Model of Excellence Award from the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.