Great Schools for All members Don Pryor and Mark Hare discuss with Rochester City School Board member Willa Powell how Breakthrough Schools can help mitigate the effects of concentrated poverty and segregation in schools. Breakthrough Schools are magnet elementary or secondary schools in partnership with urban and suburban school districts; offer unique thematic programming; have a cap on the number of poor students; and have voluntary enrollment.
(Taped November 2016)Rochester City School Board President Van Henri White discusses the changed role of the school board in recent years, which has resulted in an increased graduation rate and innovations in education practices. Topics discussed include how the board’s role has changed; the district’s approach to “receivership schools”; the impact of charter schools and the promise of magnet schools and “Breakthrough Schools”.
Author Banke Awopetu-McCullough continues her discussion of her novel, ‘Always Want More,’ as well as her work with African-American students at the junior college level. She discusses issues of institutional racism and other elements in failing school systems, as well as suggestions for improvement.
Author educator Banke Awopetu-McCullough discusses her novel ‘Always Want More,’ which tells the story of a young African-American woman who struggles through her first year of teaching in the Rochester City School District while also coming to grips with her community and her personal goals. The author was a teacher in the Rochester City School District. She discusses the characteristics of a failing school district, especially as it reflects institutional racism.
(Recorded August 2016) Jeanne Carlivati of Partners in Restorative Initiatives returns to discuss her organization’s efforts in the Rochester City School District. After a review of Restorative Practices, we discuss the newly adopted Code of Conduct, then talk about the recent changes at East High, particularly the drop in suspension rate and the retention rate of ninth-graders. We review the great success these principles have had when implemented over the last 10 years in the Oakland California School District. Jeanne describes the expansion of restorative practices to other buildings in the RCSD. Finally Jeanne talks about how restorative practices fit into the larger issues of poverty and racism.
Recorded August 2016. Jeanne Carlivati of Partners in Restorative Initiatives discusses the implementation of restorative practices in the Rochester City School District. She describes the four basic levels of restorative practices. Also discussed were the recent implementation of the Code of Conduct and the recent takeover of East High by the University of Rochester.