Pixita del Prado Hill
Co-director, Global Book Hour
Director, Club HoLA
Elementary Education & Reading
Bacon Hall 316M
Pixita del Prado Hill has always loved reading and the opportunities books offer to travel to other places and times. Her love of children’s literature developed further as she began reading to her daughters, Anza and Maria. As a teacher educator at Buffalo State, Pixita uses children’s literature extensively throughout her literacy and social studies methods courses. The Global Book Project has provided a wonderful opportunity for her to use children’s literature to build awareness of the world for teacher candidates and children. Dr. del Prado Hill earned her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2003. Her areas of expertise include culturally responsive pedagogy, curriculum development, preparing teachers for high need settings, and differentiating instruction to build content area literacy. In 2011 she received a Fulbright award to promote English language learning in Chile where she started a sister Global Book Project at Escuela 25, Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna.
Co-Director, Global Book Hour
Elementary Education & Reading
Bacon Hall 302
Literacy has been Patty George's passion for more than 20 years. Patty began her career as a classroom teacher in the Lancaster Central School District teaching second, third and fourth grade. From her first day on the job she knew she wanted to dedicate her life to teaching children how to read and write. Patty has worked extensively as a literacy consultant, coaching classroom teachers on effective reading and writing instruction. She also educates parents and caregivers on how they can help their children become better readers and writers. Children's literature is the foundation of everything Patty does. She loves motivating teacher candidates to read to children and wants to impart a very important message to all students: that reading is the key to success in life. Patty and her teacher candidates share this message with children in the community each week at Global Book Hour. Patty received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Canisius College and her Master's degree in Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a certified literacy specialist. In addition to teaching in the Elementary Education and Reading Department Patty, along with her husband Mike, are busy raising three children and nurturing their love of literature. Her children, Jim, Jack and Claire, are active participants in Global Book Hour.
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- Buffalo State Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
- Buffalo State Center for Excellence in Urban and Rural Education (CEURE)
- Buffalo State Elementary Education and Reading Department
- Buffalo State Office of Equity and Campus Diversity
- Buffalo State Professional Development Schools Consortium (PDS)
- Buffalo State School of Education Office of the Dean
- Buffalo State Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC)
- Gamma Delta Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
- Project Flight
- WNY Foundation
Jessica DeAngelis (Elggren)
Literacy Coach, Global Book Hour
Mrs. DeAngelis is a Kindergarten Teacher at Windermere Boulevard School in the Amherst Central School District. As a Buffalo State Graduate, Jessica completed her Master’s Project on the role of Literacy Coaching and its impact on teacher candidates within the Global Book Hour. Throughout her studies and now as a teacher of young learners, Jessica places a high emphasis on teacher reflectivity, as she always wants to learn and strives to improve in her practice. Each Saturday at Wegmans, she facilitates teacher candidates in reflecting on their read-alouds and vocabulary instruction, encouraging them to consider strengths, areas to think about for future instruction, and offers tips, suggestions, and feedback in order to further enhance teaching experiences. Jessica believes that Global Book Hour is the perfect way for teachers, children, and adults alike to “read around the world!”
Claudia Diaz Perrella
Facilitator, Club HoLA
Claudia Diaz Perrella was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied Spanish secondary education, 7-12 at Buffalo State and has 15-plus years of experience working with Spanish language instruction. Currently Ms. Diaz Perrella is teaching in the Buffalo community, giving individuals the opportunity to explore, practice, and master Spanish proficiency according to personal needs. She has developed and implemented a conversation group to enhance people’s skills for the achievement of their communication goals. As an educator Claudia is constantly seeking creative initiatives to foster a fun learning environment. She is always excited to receive new learners. Claudia is a member of the national Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society; she is in the Honors program and was nominated for several awards, including the President’s Award and the Chancellor’s Award.
In the News
Global Book Hour promotes imagination, heritage and community
by Najee Walker - Published October 7, 2015 at: http://buffstaterecord.com/5790/culture/global-book-hour-promotes-imagination-heritage-and-community/
SUNY Buffalo State students and members of the West Side community came together at Wegmans on Saturday to participate in the first Global Book Hour of the semester.
The Global Book Hour is a program run by Professor Prixita del Prado Hill and Professor Patricia George. The program, along with another program known as Club HoLA, is a part of the larger project known as the Global Book Project. The basis of both programs and the encompassing project is to bring together Buffalo State students and the children of the community to give them both a new kind of hands-on learning experience.
The Global Book Project began in 2010, and has since picked up steam. First started by Kim Truesdell and del Prado Hill, the Global Book Project looked to bring a new way to use global children’s literature and bring it straight to parents and children in the area. George joined the team when Truesdell retired. Each semester, the Global Book Project picks a theme to focus on and the books picked for children are geared toward it. The theme this semester is “imagination.” The first book read by the students was “Journey” by Aaron Becker.
The Global Book Hour is held Saturday at Wegmans and Monday at the Westside Value Laundromat. For 10 weeks, snacks, arts and crafts, and — of course — books are provided to children who attend. For Buffalo State education majors who are looking to become teachers, this is the time to get good field experience. “[Teacher candidates] learn to develop read aloud skills, [and] interact with families to promote literacy in an authentic setting,” del Prado Hill said. “Each participating teacher candidate receives the book of the week to build their future classroom library.”
Children who attend the reading sessions vary in age from infants to eighth grade students. Older students are provided chapter books, while younger students tend to have read picture books aloud by one of the teacher candidates. George emphasizes the importance of the setting for teacher candidates, as well as the children and their parents who attend. She believes that it is the perfect way for teacher candidates to practice what they learn in the classroom, while giving back to the community as well. “Teacher candidates spread an important message to children in our community,” George said. “That reading is fun and books can take you on a journey around the world.”
The teacher candidates seem to agree with George. “It’s cute,” Jessica Donovan, a junior music education major said. “I really like the kids. I got a good reaction out of them.” Saturday was Donovan’s first time attending the Global Book Hour as a teacher candidate, and she said that she had a great time. The children were attentive, playful and often asked questions about what they were reading.
Lily Garcia, a junior in early childhood education, said that while it was her first time, she also had fun and enjoyed working with the children. “I liked interacting with the kids,” Garcia said. “I also really liked the vocabulary we used today.” Both Garcia and Donovan agreed that they would participate again.
Christobel Anandaraj brought in her son, who is in the eighth grade. Her son has always liked reading and was really enjoying the program. She hopes to do this again with him, soon. “I think it is good for him,” Anandaraj said. “It is a good place to read and it can help him in the future.”
Western New York Foundation Enables Expansion of Global Book Hour
by Laurie Kaiser - Posted May 8, 2013 at: http://newsandevents.buffalostate.edu/news/western-new-york-foundation-enables-expansion-global-book-hour
On Saturday mornings every fall and spring semester since 2010, Buffalo State teacher candidates have used the café at the Wegmans on Amherst Street as a launching pad to literacy. Through the college’s innovative Global Book Hour (GBH), led by faculty members Kim Truesdell and Pixita del Prado Hill, teacher candidates connect Buffalo schoolchildren, many of them immigrants and refugees, with high-quality books. Along with reading aloud to the children, teacher candidates in elementary education, music, and art integrate geography, music, art, and food into the hour by focusing on a different part of the world each week. All children who attend GBH receive a copy of that week’s book to take home.
The books are not cheap. Thus, the project depends on grants and donations to survive. Thanks to a recent $2,500 grant from the Western New York Foundation, the project not only will be able to continue but also expand to an additional location this fall. On Monday evenings beginning September 30, Buffalo State will host another GBH at the Westside Value Laundromat, 417 Massachusetts Ave., as part of the Westside Art Strategic Happenings (WASH) Project. "Our teacher candidates are very excited about this," Truesdell said.
The book project will join other community-driven, cultural activities at the laundromat where neighborhood residents gather to play music, create art, read books, and learn languages. "This location is a nice fit for our project," said Truesdell. "Our goal is to promote family literacy and involve the parents."
This has proven successful at Wegmans where parents bring infants through 12-year-olds for the Saturday morning gatherings and interact during the lessons. In order to involve older children who have aged out of the picture books the teacher candidates typically read, the GBH has recently added chapter books for them. "They get so engrossed in the books, it’s sometimes hard to get them to stop," del Prado Hill said.
While Buffalo State students are required to attend five out of the 10 Saturdays per semester, many come more frequently simply because they enjoy the project. "We even have former students who keep coming back to help," Truesdell said. For the teacher candidates, GBH exposes them to literature they might not otherwise read and gives them a unique opportunity to work with parents, del Prado Hill noted. Truesdell said students have told her that the GBH experience has changed their approach to teaching and made them look at social justice issues more closely.
“Students are also more willing to go into urban schools," she added. "They don’t have fear (of the unknown)."
Buffalo State to Wegmans: Thank You!
Posted July 18, 2012 at: http://elementaryeducation.buffalostate.edu/news/buffalo-state-wegmans-thank-you
On Friday, June 29, Wegmans received a plaque from Buffalo State recognizing the crucial role the supermarket has played in the success of the Global Book Project, held at Wegmans on Amherst Street in Buffalo.
The Global Book Project received the Muriel A. Howard Award for the Promotion of Equity and Campus Diversity, which was awarded by the President’s Council for Equity and Campus Diversityat Buffalo State to faculty members who have been active in the project. The Art Education, Elementary Education and Reading, and Music departments were among those that took part in the project.
"The faculty who received the award on behalf of the Global Book Project wanted to share it with Wegmans because the store provides the meeting space," said Scott Johnson, interim senior adviser to the president for equity and campus diversity and dean of University College.
Wegmans also offers a healthy snack to the children as part of its Eating the Rainbow program.
"We are very grateful for this partnership that has allowed us to bring books to children in their own neighborhood," said Johnson.
The Global Book Project, which has been running for more than two years, brings Buffalo State students preparing to be teachers to the café on Saturday mornings for ten weeks each semester. Teacher candidates read books aloud to the children who attend. The books are about different countries, including the countries from which many of the neighborhood’s immigrants came.
Each child receives a free book to take home, thanks in part to Project Flight. The project is scheduled to continue this fall.
"From this location, the Global Book Project is spreading around the world," said Pixita del Prado Hill, associate professor of elementary education and reading. In June, Buffalo State teacher candidates traveled to Chile to work with teacher candidates at the Universidad Mayor. A Global Book Project has been established there to promote English language learning at a public school in Santiago.
Del Prado Hill said, "We want Wegmans to know how much we appreciate their help and support, and the enthusiasm their associates bring to the Global Book Project."