Education

Education
2:38 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Gift to Support Literacy at Rochester School

Dr. Walter Cooper Academy
Credit www.rcsdk12.org

Retired Buffalo area educator Dr. Everett Williams says he was a nerd growing up.

He says he and his friend, New York Regent Emeritus Dr. Walter Cooper, found their salvation in education and in school.

And he wants to see children succeed, so he's giving back.

Williams says he's giving 20-thousand dollars this year, along with a multi-year commitment, to the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School Number 10.

Principal at School 10, Camaron Clyburn, says the school will use the funds to develop its own summer school reading program, and update its library.

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Education
12:49 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

SUNY To Implement New Rules To Address Sexual Violence

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York is implementing new rules to address sexual violence at its state universities. 

The policy will include a statewide training program for campus police, and the creation of a single, statewide definition of sexual consent for all of the 64 SUNY campuses. 

Each campus will also have to ensure students can report sexual violence to campus law enforcement or the local police department. 

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Education
6:07 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Bill Gates Helps Dedicate New Computer Science Building At Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has officially opened a new computer science building named in his honor on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca.

Gates was on hand Wednesday for a dedication ceremony at the new glass-facade building called Bill and Melinda Gates Hall.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $25 million toward the $60 million total cost of the project, which broke ground in 2012.

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Education
4:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Improving Job Opportunities For College Students With Disabilities

RIT is being credited by the National Organization on Disability as being a good example of a university that has successfully bridged the employment gap for students with disabilities.

The private, non-profit group promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.  Advocates for people with disabilities say that nationally there is a 46 percent unemployment rate for college grads that have a disability.

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Education
6:27 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Schools Alerted About Phony Invoices

Credit Alex Crichton / WXXI

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has issued a consumer alert about a scam targeting school districts by sending phony invoices for products never ordered or delivered.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the scam involves a bogus company named Scholastic School Supply. One Rochester-area school district contacted Schneiderman's office to report receiving an invoice in the amount of $657.50 for an English Language Arts Practice Book that was never purchased or supplied.

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Education
3:09 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

RCSD & Partners Kick Off Community-Wide Attendance Campaign

Officials from the Rochester City School District and some community organizations are joining forces to try and bolster attendance rates. The campaign is especially targeting families with younger children.

The Ad Council of Rochester is working with the district on a campaign called "Every Minute in School Matters," and it strives to help the district achieve a 95 percent attendance rate.

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Education
1:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Cornell Names A New President

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP)  Cornell University trustees have selected University of Southern California Provost Elizabeth Garrett to be the Ivy League school's next president. 

Garrett will become the first woman to lead Cornell when she becomes president July 1, 2015. The 51-year-old provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at USC succeeds David Skorton, who will become the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 2015. 

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American Graduate Day
6:00 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Saturday is American Graduate Day on WXXI-TV

For the third consecutive year, WXXI will play its part in bolstering graduation rates in Rochester and across the country. WXXI will air the American Graduate Day 2014 broadcast on WXXI-TV starting at 11 a.m. The day-long broadcast celebrates the work being done across the country that helps youth stay on track to college and career success.

American Graduate Day 2014 will be anchored by “Stories of Champions”, a series of one-minute profiles that will spotlight individuals in local communities across the country helping to keep students in school.  Locally, WXXI will highlight the Rochester City School District’s Universal PreK program, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, Homework Hotline, Rochester Dial-A-Teacher, and other local initiatives. 

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Education
2:14 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New Roberts Wesleyan President Takes Helm

New Wesleyan College president Deana Porterfield
Credit www.roberts.edu

Deana Porterfield has been inaugurated as the 11th president of Roberts Wesleyan College, and the first woman to lead the school.

That's nothing new for her -- she says she's been one of the first females in many of her roles in her career.

That includes 26 years of Christian education experience in California.

She says after meeting the Roberts Weseleyan community, she found the needs of the college and Northeastern Seminary, a graduate school of theology, aligned with the gifts she has.

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Education
1:15 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Education Commissioner King: Common Core is Working

State Education Commissioner John King (right) visits classroom at School 15 in Rochester
Credit Alex Crichton

State Education Commissioner John King made the case for the Common Core while visiting two Rochester area schools today.

King says our international competitors are dramatically outperforming the US in math and science, but the common core curriculum is designed to close that gap.

He says in order to grow the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics -- or the STEM fields critical to our region -- our students need to be better prepared.

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