Buffalo Prep Pedagogy

Buffalo Prep’s academic programming aligns with the organization’s strategic plan, utilizing researched-based best practices that include a culturally relevant-sustaining teaching and learning model that celebrates every student’s inherent gifts and experiences.   This model nurtures innovative teaching methods, motivating teachers to affirm students’ cultural, racial, and ethnic literacies, evaluating their own cultural positions and knowledge to determine how they can best impact student achievement.  Culturally relevant and sustaining curricula seek to encourage and incorporate a breadth of heritages, languages, practices, and literacies in the classroom so that students see themselves in the material and are empowered.

This asset-based pedagogy intentionally bridges the knowledge students bring with them into the classroom with the professional expertise teachers have acquired to structure learning opportunities that afford students the chance to demonstrate their (emerging) expertise while displaying a developing knowledge of content.

Our Culturally-Relevant Sustaining Philosophy

Buffalo Prep’s culturally relevant-sustaining philosophy has three pillars at its core: academic excellence, cultural competence, and critical consciousness.

Mediocrity is unacceptable. (Academic Excellence)

We believe in the inherent excellence of all members of our community.  It is our job to collectively challenge each other to always strive to be our best and most authentic selves.

Our students have superpowers. (Cultural Competence)

We believe that our students have incredible resilience, resourcefulness, and come to us with vast amounts of community cultural wealth, and given access, they have the power to do anything they put their minds to.

We can make a positive impact in our community and in our world. (Critical Consciousness)

We believe that each one of us has the capability to be a leader for positive growth and change in our community.  As an organization, all of our members pride ourselves in sustainable civic action.

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