The University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education has announced the creation of a new center supporting the success of K-12 urban schools in Rochester and beyond. Grounded in the University’s partnership with East High School, the Center for Urban Education Success will bring together the Warner School’s educational programs, community outreach, and research about urban schools and the University’s work at East.
The goal is to expand opportunities to apply quality research-based solutions at East and to leverage the knowledge gained at East to have greater reach in the revitalization of K-12 urban education regionally, nationally, and globally.
The launch of the new Center for Urban Education Success is made possible thanks to a generous commitment from Sandra Parker, former president/CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, and John “Dutch” Summers of Jasco/Graywood Companies. The gift provides start-up funding for the Center, which will be housed at the Warner School of Education on River Campus.
According to Warner School Dean and Frederica Warner Professor Raffaella Borasi, the Center for Urban Education Success represents the next ambitious and much-needed milestone in the University’s ongoing commitment to and efforts in supporting K-12 schools.
The new Center will be under the leadership of Stephen Uebbing as its executive director. Uebbing, a professor of educational leadership at the Warner School, was the chief force behind the development of the East Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) proposal. He currently serves as project director for East, overseeing the EPO partnership with the University, and he will be joined in the Center by faculty researchers and educational leaders.
The Center will work closely with the leadership and teachers at East to capitalize on the partnership to build knowledge and improve practices that service urban students and schools.
An advisory council will play a critical role in the ongoing development of the Center. Constituted by distinguished leaders locally and nationally, the Center’s advisory council will provide guidance, promote the work of the Center, and secure resources to help support the Center. Members of the advisory council will be announced in the summer of 2016.
Building on the University’s work at East, the new Center for Urban Education Success will leverage existing research and best practices to inform the transformation of East and will conduct research and evaluation on East and disseminate it so as to inform and improve urban education elsewhere.
For more information about and updates on the Center for Urban Education Success, visit www.warner.rochester.edu.