Students returning from recess

Then: Since its inception as the Oswego Primary Teachers' Training School in 1861, the institution has emphasized developing learners at all levels. This image from 1911 shows elementary schoolchildren returning from recess to the practice school, where teachers in training put their lessons into action. The combination of the practice school and object learning made the Oswego Method a pioneering concept that greatly influenced education in the 19th century. Other innovations included Oswego establishing the first public kindergarten of its type in the state in 1881. (Photo courtesy of Penfield Library's Special Collections)

Adopt A School project in Oswego Middle School

Now: Oswego continues its legacy of partnerships and programs throughout the education pipeline. Oswego's School of Education initiatives include Professional Development Schools partnershipsProject SMARTconnecting work experiences with classrooms, the O-RITE pilot project attracting prepared teachers to high-need schools,New Visions partnerships with high school students and the popular summer Sheldon Institute. Innovations continue, such as the Adopt-a-School program from the School of Communication, Media and the Arts, which creates an Oswego Middle School record label to inspire creativity and provide business lessons. Participants included (from left) OMS students Jacob Johnson on drums and bandmate Michael Woolworth with SUNY Oswego student Greg Horning. (James Russell photo)