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5/1/2006

Panel Discussion

Educating Immigrant and Refugee Students in Rochester Schools: Strengthening the Links between Schools, Families, and Community Agencies
May 10, 2006
3:00 p.m.
The Children's School of Rochester (School 15)
494 Averill Ave., between Monroe Avenue and Pearl Street

Educating Immigrant and Refugee Students in Rochester Schools: Strengthening the Links between Schools, Families, and Community Agencies

A discussion to increase understanding, collaboration, and communication between schools, immigrant families, and the agencies with which they work will be held on Wednesday, May 10 in the auditorium at the Children's School of Rochester.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Urban Teaching and Leadership (UTL) Program at the University of Rochester's Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Children's School of Rochester.

During this discussion, each panelist will be asked to respond to a question about the strategies and initiatives that need to be in place to support the academic and social development of newcomers to the district. Audience members will also have the opportunity to pose questions during a question and answer period.

Panelist include: Isse Abukar, secretary of the Somali-Bantu Community Center; Abdulrahman Behi, an outreach worker from the Catholic Family Center; Barbara Broady, a retired social worker and advocate in the Somali community; Sonia James-Wilson, assistant professor and UTL director at the Warner School; Patricia Townsend, principal at the Children's School of Rochester, and a parent representative from the Somali community.

Through the UTL program, the Warner School prepares educators to work in high-needs urban schools and classrooms, and to build on research, innovative practice, and the expertise of mentors to help all students reach their potential. The importance of collaboration between these constituents is emphasized in the work of the program, as is the need for educators to engage in social action for the improvement of public education.

For more information, contact the Children's School of Rochester at (585) 262-8830.




Tags: collaboration, immigrant students, panel discussion, research, Rochester City School District, Sonia James-Wilson, Urban Teaching and Leadership Program (UTL)



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