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East Partnership in Rochester Review

In 2014, a Rochester high school was on the brink of closure. Since then, a partnership with the University has helped East High School to forge a new culture and commitment to revival. Read more.


CUES publishes  brief on educating English Language Learners.

Posted on July 26, 2018

Best Practices for Educating English Language Learners: History, Controversy, and a Path Forward (July 2018)
Educating English Language Learners (ELLs), one of the many ways to identify students for whom English is not a first language, has a complicated history, characterized by competing theoretical perspectives, a relatively small pool of research, numerous, changing policy instantiations, and compounding issues surrounding ELLs’ sizeable and rapidly growing presence in the U.S. education system. This brief pieces apart the challenges, history, theory, research, and instructional best practices through a review of literature. A resource guide for researchers and practitioners is included.


CUES receives $2.5 million gift from William and Sheila Konar Foundation

Posted on June 21, 2018

The Konar Foundation’s gift creates a new endowed directorship position to lead CUES, and Dr. Shaun Nelms, Superintendent of East Upper and Lower Schools in Rochester and formerly an affiliated faculty member of CUES, was installed as the inaugural director to fill this endowed position. Read more here

CUES to hold second annual event: All In
When Theory Meets Practice in School Reform: A Symposium

Posted on February 1, 2018

On April 28th from 9 am to 2 pm, The Center for Urban Education Success (CUES) will host a symposium at East High School 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.

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.


Media Coverage & Videos

  • The East-UR ‘experiment’ in Rochester City Newspaper
  • How an RCSD school raised its graduation rate by 20 points in three years with innovation in Democrat and Chronicle 
  • East High School Triples Graduation Rate after U of R Partnership on Spectrum News
  • All in at East in Rochester Review
  • East students find that friendship is round in Rochester City Newspaper
  • UR education research focuses on urban schools’ conflict resolution, Rochester Business Journal
  • East High: Education professor sees an environment in transition in NewsCenter 
  • Schools can’t do it all – no matter what we think in Rochester City Newspaper
  • The UR’s bold commitment to a city high school in Rochester City Newspaper
  • How to create schools that serve all children well on WXXI’s Connections
  • Improving education outcomes in ROC on WXXI’s Need to Know
  • Pedro Noguera, education expert, to speak at East High in Democrat & Chronicle
  • Creating High-Quality Schools in Rochester City Newspaper
  • How a University Helped Save a Failing High School in The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Student Scientists Devise Experiment That Will Really Take Off on PBS Newshour
  • East High Students’ Experiment Heading to Nasa on WXXI
  • Vision Care Program at East
  • Rochester Youth Culinary Experience (RYCE)
  • East Eagle Eye Report 
  • East High School ‘way better for students’ in Year One
  • UR Establishes Center for Urban Ed in the Democrat & Chronicle
  • Warner School Announces Creation of Center for Urban Education Success on WROC-TV
  • New Center to Promote K-12 Urban Education Success