Event Promotes “Excellence Through Equity” in Rochester Area Schools

Renowned Educator Pedro Noguera to Speak on Equity in School Reform
Pedro NogueraPromoting excellence through equity in area schools will be the focus of a public event hosted by the Center for Urban Education Success at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. Acclaimed scholar and school reform expert Pedro Noguera will give a talk centered on closing the achievement gap at the Center’s keynote event on June 1, 2017 at East High School (1801 East Main St.). 
Noguera is a leading advocate for equitable education. His presentation, Excellence Through Equity: Creating Schools that Serve All Children Well, will be followed by a panel discussion of distinguished guests including:  Vice Chancellor Board of Regents T. Andrew Brown, East Upper School social studies teacher Gloribel Arvelo-Park, East Lower School parent Natasha Green, Warner School Professor Joanne Larson, and Warner School Professor Steve Uebbing, who also serves as director for the Center for Urban Education Success.  New York State Board of Regents Member Wade Norwood ‘85 will moderate the discussion. The evening event will also feature opening remarks from University of Rochester President and CEO Joel Seligman and East Superintendent Shaun Nelms.
“Dr. Noguera is one of America’s most prominent advocates for public education who is deeply committed to equity and educational opportunity,” says Uebbing. “We are honored to have Dr. Noguera come to Rochester to share his vision for educational excellence through equity and to bring thought-provoking discussions on ways to help to enhance our shared work in attaining equity and opportunity for all young people.”  
Noguera is a distinguished professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student, and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.
While the standards and accountability movement has largely succeeded in heightening awareness of disparities in student achievement, little attention has been given to what schools need to create conditions that make achievement more likely for all children. The June 1 event will provide educators, parents, and community members with principles and practices that demonstrate why the path to excellence is through equity and what can be done to make this happen for a wider variety of learners in a greater number of schools. 
The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Thursday, June 1, at 6 p.m. in the Edward J. Cavalier Auditorium at East High School. A sign language interpreter will be provided. To request special accommodations, call (585) 210-9754 or e-mail urcues@warner.rochester.edu. To learn more about the Center for Urban Education Success (CUES) at the Warner School, visit: urcuse.org.
About the Center for Urban Education Success
The Center for Urban Education Success (CUES) is designed to support the success of K-12 urban schools both locally and nationally through a combination of clinical and academic research, relationship building with other institutions, and a commitment to pursue and share best practices. Grounded in the University of Rochester’s partnership with East, CUES brings together educational programs, community outreach, research about urban schools, and the University’s work at East. Thus, CUES is creating a model for urban school improvement and a robust clearinghouse of research, practitioner guides, and other resources to support urban schools and the challenges they face.
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