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When Theory Meets Practice in School Reform: A Symposium
April 28, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
East High School

The Center for Urban Education Success (CUES) at the University of Rochester presents a symposium focused on the task of improving educational experiences for all members of school communities – students, teachers, families, and staff.  Join us for a series of sessions where teachers and practitioners will discuss common problems of practice with the intent of deepening understanding of those problems, identifying solutions, and sharing effective practices. Sessions are designed to encourage dialogue among presenters and attendees.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Attendees from the Rochester City School District (RCSD) will receive professional learning credit.

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Pedro Noguera visits East High for two-day symposium on equity and education! 

Posted on June 5, 2017

Noguera, P. (2017, June). Breaking the cycle of poverty: Bridging the gap by expanding opportunities. Presented at Excellence through equity: Creating schools that serve all children well. Center for Urban Education Success, Rochester, NY.

See video Dr. Noguera’s keynote address here.

See slides of  Dr. Noguera’s keynote presentation here.

See slides of  Dr. Noguera’s teacher workshop here.

Center for Urban Education Success publishes companion brief on attendance.

Posted on March 1, 2017

Attendance Up Close: Reflecting on School Visits (February, 2017)
As a companion to our first brief on attendance, this brief documents a series of visits the Center for Urban Education Success made to several of the schools we identified as exemplars (Marsh, 2016). It uses the categories established in the first brief to organize and synthesize our reflections on meeting students and staff and touring buildings. The data presented provide a window into the idiosyncratic, context-dependent practices and cultures of schools that are demonstrating success with attendance.

Center for Urban Education Success publishes its first research brief.

Posted on December 15, 2016

Attendance Practices That Work: What Research Says, What Practitioners Say, by Valerie L. Marsh
This is the first in a series of briefs designed to integrate research literature with on-the-ground experiences and teachers, administrators, staff, and students at urban high schools. The topic of this first such brief, attendance, is continual challenge for most of us working in urban education. Several of our network schools shared their stories, ideas, and successes with us, which we hope will be useful to others committed to this work.

Center for Urban Education Success to hold first annual event on urban education reform, featuring keynote speaker, Pedro Noguera.

Posted on January 3, 2017

June 1-2, 2017 and will offer a combination of public lectures, workshops, and symposia where Dr. Noguera will address how the work of the UR-East EPO figures into broader conversations and efforts around urban education reform. Nationally and internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Noguera’s research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts. He is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA, and author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Noguera also appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, among others. Download the poster.


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