Community Initiatives

Step to College Program

Step to College, which launched in summer 2018 under the University of Rochester’s EPO partnership with East High School, is an innovative pre-college program that aims to prepare Rochester students for admission to—and to persist in—two-year and four-year colleges.

Growing a Healthy Community: Families Building Sustainable Gardens and Community Spaces

The purpose of this study is to work along with parents, grandparents and others who live and work in the Beechwood neighborhood in Rochester, N.Y. to understand and document the co-construction of spaces to grow food, develop a business, and build a community.

Sankofa Communiversity

Sankofa Communiversity is an intergenerational, collaborative community of research, scholarship and social activism.

Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTF) Project (Phase 3)

NSF-funded partnership centered on transforming math and science teaching and learning by effectively integrating and supporting instructional technology into K-12 classrooms in six local school districts.

Project ENGOAL:  Engaging Older Adult Learners as Health Researchers

Collaborative community project designed to develop patient partners to help shape current and future geriatric research, as well as clinical services.

Project SyncOn: Online Professional Learning for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers in Rural Contexts 

This NSF-funded project provides teachers in rural school districts access to innovative online professional learning experiences in mathematics, and studies the online activities to better understand the limitations and benefits.

Project REBUILD-VL: A Resilience-Building Intervention to Prevent Late-Life Depression with Vision Loss

This project aims to strengthens the capacity of older adults with vision loss to cope with current and future problems in order to prevent new depression symptoms and reduce current symptoms.

Nathaniel Rochester Community School Partnership in STEM Education

A partnership with School No. 3, which is in the process of transitioning into a STEM magnet school, providing coaching and professional learning to build capacity to provide students with high-quality STEM experiences.

Project READ: A Literacy Program for At-Risk Students

A partnership with Rochester’s School 33, with a focus on first graders, providing tutoring services, in-class-support, professional development, and family literacy activities.

Freedom Schools as Settings for Youth Development: Identifying Community-Based Assets and Accountability Criteria

This case study examines varied forms of cultural capital as indicators/criteria for youth development grounded in community goals and standards for their school-aged children. 

Constructive Clinical Supervision

Professional development designed to provide readers of the book Constructive Clinical Supervision by Douglas A. Guiffrida with an opportunity to earn continuing education credit for the learning they engaged in through reading the book

East High School Partnership Initiative

In partnership with the East High community and other units in the University, Warner has assumed a leadership role in an extensive school transformation effort designed to improve outcomes for students and build a healthy and effective learning community.

Project CELLS: Western New York Collaboration for English Language Learner Success

Completed in 2018, community-wide collaboration to improve outcomes for English language learners by increasing teachers with TESOL certification, professional development, and curriculum for refugee and immigrant students.

Leadership Coaching Certificate Program

A partnership between the Warner Center and Ramerman Leadership Group, leadership coaching assists the leader in developing specific leadership skills, enhances individual effectiveness, and ultimately secures organizational performance. 

Horizons at Warner: Enrichment Program for RCSD Students in Grades K-8

An enrichment program that engages K-8 Rochester City School District students in meaningful and authentic learning experiences through a six-week summer program on campus and ongoing engagement throughout the year. 

Genesee Valley Writing Project

This collaborative school-university partnership seeks to improve the teaching and learning of writing in PK-16 schools across the Genesee Valley region through a teachers-teaching-teachers professional development model. Highlights include summer institutes for teachers and a writing camp for youth in grades 6-12.

Past Community Initiatives