[Blackstudies-l] Center for Urban Education at the U of R

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Sat Jun 4 09:03:24 EDT 2016

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Democrat and Chronicle - 06/04/2016 - A04

UR establishes center for urban education


The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education announced Friday
it has established a Center for Urban Education Success to promote K-12
programs that show good results and to make promising research more

“The center will help evaluate what’s working and not working,” said Warner
school Dean Raffaella Borasi.

Establishment of the center was made possible by an undisclosed financial
commitment from Sandra Parker, who is former president and CEO of the
Rochester Business Alliance (now renamed the Greater Rochester Chamber of
Commerce), and John “Dutch” Summers of Jasco/Graywood Companies.

The center, which is housed at the Warner school on UR’s River Campus, will
draw on what has been learned from UR’s partnership with Rochester’s East
High School as well as research about other urban schools.

The Warner school offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in education.

Stephen Uebbing, who is a professor of educational leadership at the Warner
school, will serve as the center’s executive director. He oversees UR’s
partnership with East High.

With the startup funds, an assistant director, Valerie Marsh, has been
hired for the center. She has experience in K-12 schools and just earned a
doctorate from the Warner school.

An annual conference will be held to share success stories and some of the
money donated will help with the evaluation of UR’s partnersh! ip with East
High, which was implemented this school year.

East High has a longer school day, enhanced curricula, double periods of
English and math and restorative practices as a means of handling
disciplinary issues. Small groups of students meet with a teacher,
administrator or counselor each school day for academic and social support.
Teachers are also given time to work with students on a one-on-one basis.

The expectation is that researchers will be hired by the center when more
funds are raised and the center will provide consulting services to school

An advisory council will be formed that includes educators from the region
and beyond as well as local community leaders involved in educational

Raffaella Borasi, dean of University of Rochester's Warner School of


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