Smarter Partnerships: Making Collaborations Work to Boost Student Achievement in Rochester
Reading Proficiency by Third Grade: The Importance of Summer Learning
Ronald Fairchild—President and CEO, Smarter Learning Group
Conger Gabel—CEO, Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association
Jennifer Leonard—President and CEO, Rochester Area Community Foundation; ROC the Future
Ann Stone, Ph.D.—Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, The Wallace Foundation
Bolgen Vargas—Superintendent, RCSD
Moderator: Susan Holliday—President and Publisher, Rochester Business Journal
Public/Private Partnerships in Support of Expanded Learning
Dawn Borgeest—Sr. Vice President & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, United Way of Greater Rochester
Jackie Campbell—Assistant Commissioner for Youth Services, City of Rochester Recreation & Youth Services
Newton Green—Vice President of Corporate Quality, Rochester Midland
Caterina Leone-Mannino—Director of Expanded Learning, RCSD
Joseph Martino—CEO, EnCompass
Moderator: Patty Malgieri—Chief of Staff, RCSD
He built Paetec into a billion-dollar business. Now Arunas Chesonis is betting that Sweetwater Energy and several other startups also have breakthrough potential.
We heard from Paetec’s founder and the entrepreneurs he’s backing as they discussed growth opportunities for technology ventures and what these could mean for the Rochester-area economy.
Arunas A. Chesonis, Chief Executive Officer, Sweetwater energy
Miles Barr, Chief Executive Officer, Ubiquitous Energy
Vanessa Green, Chief Executive Officer, OnChipPower
Ciaran Hynes, Chief Executive Officer, 10n2 Technologies
Dr. Riccardo Signorelli, President and Chief Executive Officer, FastCap Systems
Health Care Reform
What does the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Affordable Care Act ruling mean for our community, your company, and your employees. This panel of distinguished local health care leaders shared their views.
• Christopher Booth, President & Chief Operating Officer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
• Jake Flaitz, Director of Benefits, Paychex
• Steven Goldstein, President & Chief Executive Officer, Strong Memorial Hospital
To view the PowerPoint presentation from the event, click here.
Changing public education. Changing live
Featuring Keynote Speaker:
Ann Rubenstein Tisch
Ann Rubenstein Tisch is the Founder and President of The Young Women’s Leadership Network, a high-performing network of all-girls’ public schools in New York City. Since its first graduating class, the flagship school in East Harlem has had a 100 percent graduation rate and acceptance rate into four-year colleges. Ms. Rubenstein Tisch also created a college guidance and access program, CollegeBound Initiative, for high-need public schools. CBI is operating in 16 public schools and creates a culture of success helping low-income public students reach their full potential. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Rubenstein Tisch is a former National Correspondent for NBC Network News.
Learn How to Become a Best Place to Work
Lauren Dixon — CEO, Dixon Schwabl
David Fiedler — CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union
Holly Petroff — Senior Consultant, Great Places to Work Institute
Topics that were addressed:
• How does being a "Best Place to Work" affect your bottom line and productivity?
• What does it mean to be a "Best Place to Work"?
• What are the measurable benefits?
• National best practices
• Application strategies
To view photos from the event, click here.
The Pros and Cons of Mayoral Accountability
Rochester is not the first city to consider mayoral control of its schools. Cities across the nation have looked at such proposals as a way to improve academic performance.
Parents, teachers, public officials and city residents all want better public education—and businesses also have an interest in better-prepared workers.
Whether mayoral control would improve public schools in Rochester is a matter of hot debate, however. Opponents say it ignores the will of the voters, is disconnected from parental concerns and has not been proven to improve results. Proponents say it can improve test scores and help turn around low-performing districts.
The Rochester Business Journal, in an effort to foster a community dialog and generate fresh, firsthand information and conversation, assembled a panel of proponents, critics and experts. They shared their views and stated their arguments for and against mayoral control on March 23 at a breakfast forum. The panelists also answered questions. The event was an opportunity to get a clearer picture of what mayoral control would mean here.
These national experts and local leaders shared their views and answer questions: Mayor Robert Duffy, Margaret Raymond, Adam Urbanski, Dennis Walcott, Van White and Dr. Kenneth Wong.
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