Guest speaker, student and school leadership gathered for conversation


Collaborating to Transform and Improve School Systems for Underserved Communities

Posted on January 25, 2023

A panel of statewide and national educational leaders shared their expertise about collaborative efforts, policy changes, and local- and state-level support necessary to transform K-12 schools into sustained systems where students thrive. The over 100 attendees included community members, Warner School and other University of Rochester faulty, staff, and students, local educators, and families.

Watch: “Panel discussion about improving education held at East High School” on News10NBC (January 26, 2023)

Watch: “University of Rochester hosts event on improving underserved school communities” on WROC’s (January 25, 2023)

Infrastructure, Resources, and People Matter: Findings from East High

Posted on May 18th, 2022

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Doctoral students from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education discuss their doctoral dissertations which are the culmination of extensive original research projects done at East High in the areas of literacy, art, families and math coaching. They share changes that could be implemented in schools and will focus on a key finding – the development of relationships and the impact they have on teaching and learning across content areas.


Alexa Basile ’21W (EdD)
East EPO Lower School Literacy Specialist

Eleni Duret
Instructor at Warner School of Education
Michael W. Scandling Scholar in Teaching and Curriculum, PhD Candidate at Warner School of Education

Shalonda Garfield ’14W (MS), ’20W (EdD)
Principal at the Rochester City School District

Enkela Paco
Director of Mathematics at the Rochester City School District
Teaching and Curriculum, EdD Candidate at Warner School of Education

Cassandra Kelley, moderator
Co-chair of the Family and Community Engagement Committee at East High

CUES kicks off new webinar series highlighting community-based research

Posted on May 17th, 2021

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Our first virtual symposium featured a panel of leaders from the university, CUES, East High and the Rochester athletics community discussing  research and successful interventions for youth.

Calvin L. Cole, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, University of Rochester Medical Center
Joanne Larson, The Michael W. Scandling Professor of Education, Warner School of Education
Associate Director of Research, Center for Urban Education Success
Eric Robinson, Athletic Director, East High School
Deziree Garrick, East High Student
Gerard and Karen Iglesia, Sports Reporters, Primetime Ballers as moderators

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and CUES Partner to Host Literacy Summit

Posted on September 16, 2019

During this community summit, educators from East High and region-wide, thought leaders shared proven ways to captivate readers and writers in the secondary classroom, address the needs of the entire learning community, and improve student outcomes. After several keynote presentations, breakout sessions addressed such themes as:  Implementing An Innovative Literacy Model at East, Improving Student Proficiency Through Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships, and Literacy Work and Course Offerings: University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. CUES members delivered plenaries and workshop presentations.

Center for Urban Education Success Hosts Forum on Community Schools

Posted on May 5, 2019

On May 4th, CUES hosted our 3rd annual event – a forum on the role community schools play in addressing academic, social, and emotional needs of students and families. Over 100 attendees choose among different sessions where community leaders from 18 local, statewide, and national organizations discussed developing partnerships with schools and communities.

We began the day with an inspiring keynote address from the National Center for Community Schools Director, Abe Fernández, and concluded with impassioned words about Rochester’s children and community schools from Rochester City Mayor, Lovely Warren.

East High School highlighted its partner agencies that are seeking to expand into additional school settings in Rochester. Sessions were lively with plenty of opportunities for attendees and presenters to dialogue with each other to share best practices across the region.

View keynote presentation here.

Center for Urban Education Success hosts All In: When Theory Meets Practice in Education Reform – a Symposium

Posted on May 5, 2018

View plenary addresses here.

On April 28th over 250 teachers, administrators, and community members gathered at East High School in the city of Rochester to learn about and discuss some of the transformational education reform work of the UR-East EPO (Educational Partnership Organization). The over 200 attendees chose among thirty-four presentations led by East teachers and staff who shared their theory-driven practices on EPO initiatives including curriculum and instruction, Family Group model, support model, university-school partnerships, distributed leadership, family and community partnerships, and restorative practices. Subject area teachers presented their work on literacy, writers’ workshop, historical thinking, Universal Backward Design in a performance ensemble, and math inquiry. Attendees included a wide range of passionate educators and community members, representing: 13 school districts in Monroe County and beyond; 15 Rochester area foundations, agencies & community-wide initiatives; parents and grandparents, retirees, and tutors; University of Rochester alumni, faculty, and students; as well as students and faculty from five other area colleges. Most importantly, we welcomed over half of our attendees from the Rochester City School District. We spent the day sharing and discussing the progress of the East-EPO, as well as the challenges it continues to face –  challenges common for many urban schools. We ended the day with words of support from New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, words of inspiration from Syracuse University Professor, Dr. Marcelle Haddix, who was introduced by East junior, Dennis Olmedo in both English and Spanish, and concluding remarks from East’s venerable Superintendent, Dr. Shaun Nelms.

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Pedro Noguera visits East High for two-day symposium on equity and education! 

Posted on June 5, 2017

Noguera, P. (2017, June). Breaking the cycle of poverty: Bridging the gap by expanding opportunities. Presented at Excellence through equity: Creating schools that serve all children well. Center for Urban Education Success, Rochester, NY.

See video Dr. Noguera’s keynote address here.

See slides of  Dr. Noguera’s keynote presentation here.

See slides of  Dr. Noguera’s teacher workshop here.