Breakthrough Schools 1

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.

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Breakthrough Schools 2

Part Two of a discussion between Great Schools for All members Don Pryor and Mark Hare and Rochester City School Board member Willa Powell about Breakthrough Schools – an attempt to deconcentrate the effects of poverty in schools. Breakthrough Schools are magnet schools at either the elementary or secondary level in partnership with both urban and suburban districts; offering unique programming content; with a strict limit on the number of poor students; on a voluntary basis.

Van Henri White

(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 Educator Banke Awopetu-McCullough Part 1

 

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.

Restorative Justice 2

(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.

Restorative Initiatives I

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.