Clifford B. Janey, superintendent for the Rochester City School District, will be the guest speaker at an awards ceremony and dinner that honors area high school educators for teaching excellence. The ceremony will be Wednesday, March 27, in the May Room of Wilson Commons.
Superintendent Janey is expected to speak around 7:30 p.m.
Some 60 teachers from schools in Monroe and surrounding counties will be honored in the Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching ceremony, given each year by the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Teachers are nominated by their schools. To be considered, teachers must be knowledgeable in their fields, display enthusiasm for their subjects, give well organized and imaginative lessons, offer clear and interesting explanations of key concepts, keep control of the classroom, and create an atmosphere conducive to learning.
As head of Rochester's schools, Janey leads a diverse school system of more than 55,000 students (pre-K through adult) and 5,000 employees, and manages annual budgets of more than $350 million.
He began his career in education in 1969 as director of black studies at Northeastern University in Boston. In 1973, he began a 21-year career with Boston's Public Schools, first as a reading teacher, then in a series of administrative positions with increasing authority. When he left Boston, he was chief academic officer for Boston's public schools, overseeing 62,000 students.