On April 28th over 250 teachers, administrators, and community members gathered at East High School in the city of Rochester to learn about and discuss some of the transformational education reform work of the UR-East EPO (Educational Partnership Organization). The over 200 attendees chose among thirty-four presentations led by East teachers and staff who shared their theory-driven practices on EPO initiatives including curriculum and instruction, Family Group model, support model, university-school partnerships, distributed leadership, family and community partnerships, and restorative practices. Subject area teachers presented their work on literacy, writers’ workshop, historical thinking, Universal Backward Design in a performance ensemble, and math inquiry. Attendees included a wide range of passionate educators and community members, representing: 13 school districts in Monroe County and beyond; 15 Rochester area foundations, agencies & community-wide initiatives; parents and grandparents, retirees, and tutors; University of Rochester alumni, faculty, and students; as well as students and faculty from five other area colleges. Most importantly, we welcomed over half of our attendees from the Rochester City School District. We spent the day sharing and discussing the progress of the East-EPO, as well as the challenges it continues to face – challenges common for many urban schools. We ended the day with words of support from New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, words of inspiration from Syracuse University Professor, Dr. Marcelle Haddix, who was introduced by East junior, Dennis Olmedo in both English and Spanish, and concluding remarks from East’s venerable Superintendent, Dr. Shaun Nelms.
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.