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The Achievement Gap and Summer Learning Loss - A Crisis in Rochester

Wednesday July 21, 2010
10:00 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.
The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14618

Co-Sponsored by Horizons at Harley and the Warner School of Education. This public forum is free and open to the public.

Rochester is facing a crisis in the education of our City school children. Fewer than 50% graduate on time. Many are years behind their peers in reading and math by ninth grade and are six times more likely to drop out of high school. Two thirds of the achievement gap for low income, at risk children is attributable to summer learning loss (www.summerlearning.org). The personal and economic loss to these children and to our City is immense. Rochester must find solutions to close the achievement gap.

Horizons Tour (10 to 11 a.m.)
You are invited to see the Horizons Program in action at the Harley School before the Panel Discussion. Please RSVP to Eleanor Mclear (emclear@harleyschool.org) to sign up for the tour.

Panel and Audience Discussion (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Jean-Claude Brizard, Superintendent of the Rochester City School District, will discuss the magnitude and impact of the Achievement Gap Crisis on our City School Children.

Raffaella Borasi, Dean of the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, will discuss critical findings on how children learn best and the value and unique role played by informal learning experiences.

Tim Cottrell, Head of the Harley School, will discuss public – private partnership initiatives in the Rochester area to address the Crisis.

Jeff Smink, Vice President of Policy for the National Summer Learning Association.

Reception to follow the discussion

Horizons at Harley is a not-for-profit, summer Student Enrichment Program that provides low income Rochester school children grades K – 8 with a unique combination of academic, social, cultural, wellness, and recreational learning experiences that support their success in school and in life (www.horizonsatharley.com). This year the Warner School is starting a Horizons Program for grades K and 5.





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