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Community initiatives

The faculty, staff and students at the Warner School are actively involved in a variety of community initiatives.

Northeast Noyce Professional Learning Network

The Warner School’s Center for Professional Development and Education Reform leads the Northeast Noyce Professional Learning Network, an innovative initiative designed to foster the growth and support of highly effective STEM educators. 

ROC Reading Partners

ROC Reading Partners, led by Warner School faculty, is a remote evening reading program that brings together adult volunteers with Rochester city school students (Grades 2 – 4) to engage the young readers in quality literacy instruction and activities from their homes.

Languaging for Health and Employment Equity

This initiative employs a comprehensive approach to English language education. The program offers a variety of courses tailored to the unique needs of working refugees and immigrants, incorporating a blend of onsite English learning at participants’ workplaces and online learning.


Step to College program

Step to College, which launched in summer 2018 under the University of Rochester’s educational 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.

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.

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, the Warner School of Education and Human Development 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 for Professional Development and Ramerman Leadership Group, leadership coaching assists the leader in developing specific leadership skills, enhances individual effectiveness and secures organizational performance.

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.

Project READ: A literacy program for at-risk students

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

Get Real! Science

Get Real! Science is the Warner School of Education and Human Development's science teacher preparation program designed to engage students in real science through an inquiry-based approach. The program includes a comprehensive research program and community outreach initiatives: the Get Real! Environmental Action Camp and Science STARS.