Congresswomen Louise Slaughter with staff and students in the Optics Lab

News and Events


East Leadership Team Discusses EPO progress on WXXI's Connections with Evan Dawson

July 19, 2019 — Representatives from the University of Rochester-East EPO partnership discuss the EPO’s three-year progress report. They share the challenges East has faced, the successes they’ve seen, and what they hope for the next phase of the collaboration.

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Nelms Delivers SUNY Fredonia's Commencement Address

May 2019 — Shaun Nelms was the keynote speaker this year at SUNY Fredonia’s 142nd Commencement. An article published in Observer captures some of the key highlights from his address. Read the article, “Fredonia Grads Challenged to Transform Society,” HERE or at:

The link to both Commencement ceremonies is on Fredonia’s website at:

Cover of East EOP Three-Year Report featuring mural of multicultural faces

EAST EPO Issues Three-Year Progress Report

February 2019 — The EAST EPO has issued a report to communicate the progress of East High School in the first three years of the partnership with the University of Rochester. The Center for Urban Education Success supports and researches this partnership. Students, staff, and families have accomplished a great deal, and the trajectory for the future looks positive. Report in English. Report in Spanish.


Marsh and Nelms Publish in District Administration on Attendance

January 2019 — Valerie Marsh and Shaun Nelms recently co-wrote an article focused on stemming chronic absenteeism in urban schools for District Administration magazine. Based on research conducted at the Center for Urban Education Success (CUES) (Attendance Brief #1, Attendance Brief #2) and applied at East Upper and Lower Schools in Rochester, NY, this article outlines four steps schools can take to increase attendance, especially pertinent to urban settings. Learn More


CUES Publishes Practitioner Brief on Bullying

October 2018 — CUES publishes a practitioner brief on bullying in schools, exploring prevalence, contributing factors, and interventions. This brief’s analysis of empirical research aims to provide a balanced and accurate depiction of bullying in all of its forms. A resource guide for teachers and practitioners is included. Learn More


CUES Receives $2.5 Million Gift from William and Sheila Konar Foundation

June 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. Learn More


CUES 2019 Forum on Community Schooling

May 4, 2019 – CUES 3rd annual event brought together educators, policy makers, community advocacy leaders, and community members to discuss the community schools movement at East, Rochester, across the state and nation.


Media Coverage

Black History Month celebration on Spectrum News 

Cover of SUNY Fredonia magazine with cover featuring Superintendent Shaun NelmsUrban education turnaround: Fredonia graduate steers troubled school onto road to success in Statement magazine

4 Ways to improve urban school attendance: Engaging environments, personal contact with families, systems, and logistics make the difference in District Administration magazine.

Rochester Model Can Help Buffalo’s Struggling Schools in The Buffalo News

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 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 City Newspaper

The UR’s bold commitment to a city high school in 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 City Newspaper

How a University Helped Save a Failing High School in The Chronicle of Higher Education

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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