St. Paul’s in the City
This spring St. Paul’s begins a series of informational forums designed to address topics relevant to life in urban Rochester. We hope to offer parishioners and the general public an opportunity to learn and engage in conversations around various topics.
For Year One, we will focus on urban education. We have planned a series of four forums over four weeks. We are not endorsing any particular opinion; it is our goal to offer a place for people to receive information, ask questions about individual programs and, if desired, provide resources for followup. Speakers for each forum will make a presentation followed by a Q&A. Each evening will last no more than ninety minutes.
You are invited to join the conversation - Four successive Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Parish Hall.
Conger Gabel, Luis Perez: Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association
In an effort to close the achievement gap for students in Rochester, these programs seek to improve
the lives of Rochester City School District students by providing access to high quality, tuition free
summer learning programs at numerous sites throughout the area, including several colleges.
Bryan Hickman: PUC Achieve Middle School & Vertus High School Charter Schools
The mission of charter schools is to transform learning opportunities for the children of
Rochester. What are the successes and challenges of the current charter school movement in the
Rochester area? What’s fact? What’s fiction? What’s hype?
Dr. Raymond Giamartino, Kirsten Pryor: Rochester City School District
There are many challenges as well as opportunities for students in the RCSD. What are some of the
innovative programs and new ideas geared toward improving outcomes for students in RCSD
schools? Presenter Giamartino is Chief of School Transformation for the City School District.
Lynette Sparks & John Wilkinson: Third Presbyterian Church and Great Schools For All
Great Schools For All (GS4A) is working to create an inter-district magnet school network that will
allow students to move across city and suburban boundaries to experience greater educational
opportunities. The goal is to have a community in which every family, no matter its zip code, is
guaranteed access to excellent public schools.