Lessons from other cities: School quality as an equity strategy

Rochester was chosen by the “Reinventing America’s Schools” project of the Progressive Policy Institute as one of eight cities to share best practices on improving urban education. A May 30 workshop addressed the challenge posed by Rochester public education by introducing participants in promising reform models.

Two approaches to RCSD change

The panels at the Rochester Beacon’s May 13 forum explored both districtwide intervention and school-by-school initiatives. Videos of their detailed discussions are now online.

The search for RCSD solutions

A Rochester Beacon forum this week on ways to fix the city schools drew a packed house. “There are no silver bullets,” keynote speaker Christopher Cerf said. “The key is implementing 100 one percent solutions.”

Rochester City School District gets new chief

Terry Dade, who currently serves as an assistant superintendent of the Fairfax County, Va. Schools, is expected to join July 1, at the start of city’s and school district’s fiscal year.

The positive trajectory of the UR-East High partnership

The Educational Partnership Organization’s significant investment in East High went beyond financial resources. It involved highly qualified teachers and staff with the heart and fortitude to do the work and to reexamine their own practices, resulting in a program that aligns with a clear vision for academic achievement and preparation of scholars for college and career.

Questions await the RCSD superintendent finalists

The superintendent candidate forum’s format appears to have been designed to ensure that students, parents and RCSD employees as well as other community members are heard equally. The event’s tightly controlled format may not satisfy attendees hoping to directly quiz the candidates, however.