Education

Education
3:09 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

East H.S. Principal To Be Honored By The White House

The White House has announced that the Principal of East High School, Anibal Soler, is one of ten Latino educators from across the nation who will be honored Monday in Washington as a “Champion of Change.”

The awards are given to people who are doing extraordinary work to educate the next generation of Americans,  particularly in low-income communities.

As a part of Hispanic Heritage Month, officials say the event will showcase these leaders and the exceptional contributions they have made to Latino communities and the nation overall. 

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Education
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

New College at Brockport Building Opens

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The new Liberal Arts Building at the College at Brockport is open for learning.  

Officials cut the ribbon this morning.

College President John Halstead says the building is keeping with the school's core mission of providing a liberal arts and professional education.

Halstead says the 29.3-million dollars, 61-thousand square foot building features a number of amenities, with space for the departments of English, History, Modern Languages and Cultures, art gallery, a high tech auditorium  and much more.

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Education
1:02 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NOVA Adviser Inspires Girls to Pursue Science

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.
Credit Courtesy Girl Scouts of Western New York

A noted Yale professor and science adviser to the PBS series NOVA spoke Friday morning in Rochester to encourage more girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—or STEM.

Doctor Ainissa Ramirez gave a talk entitled “The Future Needs Girls in Science” at the Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Leadership Breakfast Series.

Ramirez says she wants to give young woman an extra-boost to hold on to their curiosity.

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Education
5:56 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

RIT Dedicates New Hockey Facility, The Gene Polisseni Center

Credit Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

RIT is taking the wraps off its new hockey arena. Dedication ceremonies were held Thursday for  the Gene Polisseni Center, named after the former Paychex official who helped start that company with Tom Golisano.

Polisseni died in 2001. He was a big fan of local hockey as well as the Sabres, the NHL team that Golisano used to own. Both the Polisseni Foundation and Golisano got together to donate $4.5 million toward the construction of the facility.

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Education
4:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mayor Warren Aims to Get City Children Reading Younger

Credit Michelle Faust

A new City of Rochester initiative aims to support children before they start school.

Mayor Lovely Warren announced Today/ Thursday the 3-to-3 early learning initiative.

The city multipronged plan will focus on learning for children between 3 years old and the third grade. Warren says she will become an advocate for pre-K providers, provide ideas and programs to empower parents, and reallocate recreation resources to include more educational programs.

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Education
2:31 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Charter School Advocates Suing the State

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An advocacy group for charter schools is supporting a lawsuit against the state, arguing charter schools are getting short-changed.

Kyle Rosenkrans is interim president of the group Northeast Charter Schools Network. 

He says the suit was filed by four families in Buffalo and one family in Rochester, but is on behalf of 107-thousand charter school children and another 50-thousand children on waiting lists. 

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Connections
3:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Connections: RCSD Superintendent Bolgen Vargas

Rochester city schools superintendent Bolgen Vargas joins me for the hour. He's talking about truancy, why the district failed on the first day, and how he plans to change that. He will also touch on other issues affecting the district. 

Connections
3:32 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Connections: Should School Start Later in the Day?

In this hour, the nation's largest organization of pediatricians has released new recommendations on school start times. For middle and high school, they're drawing a red line: no earlier than 8:30 a.m. That's because doctors say there's an epidemic of sleep loss in the teen population. But is 8:30 a.m. realistic? How would it impact schools? We discuss it with Heidi Connolly, chief of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at Golisano Children's Hospital.

Education
6:57 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Literacy is a Path to Success for Young Rochester Mother

Christiana Mays
Credit Beth Adams WXXI

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Events are planned worldwide to call attention to the idea that solid reading skills can help combat poverty, crime and a host of other socioeconomic issues. 

For the past 50 years, Literacy Volunteers of Rochester has been helping adults improve their reading, English, conversation and math skills.

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Education
10:38 am
Wed September 3, 2014

RCSD Focuses On Attendance As School Year Begins

Credit examiner.com

Today marks the start of another school year for thousands of students across Monroe County, including the City of Rochester.

Rochester School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and a group of volunteers drove some children to class if they weren't already on the bus schedule.

Vargas says it's part of an on-going effort to reduce truancy.  "Far too many of our children are not coming to school every day,” Vargas said. “Common sense tells us we cannot help our children learn if they're not showing up to school."

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