We’re joined by Christopher Albrecht, the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year. Last Friday, Albrecht – who is a fourth grade teacher in the Brockport Central School District – was just one of five teachers across the country to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

He joins us in studio to discuss a range of topics related to education, his 23-year career, and the value of lifelong learning.

WATCH: Daphne Pariser and Humans for Education

Jun 16, 2019

When Daphne Pariser was 10-years-old, she traveled to Kenya with her father. What she saw on this trip would change her life forever. It was on a bus ride through Nairobi when she came face-to-face with a young boy living in extreme poverty. It was a moment that launched a life purpose for a 10-year-old girl. Fast-forward and the now University of Rochester PhD student is the Founder and CEO of Humans for Education. The nonprofit works to empower children and revolutionize global communities by working with locals to help them develop sustainable long-term solutions to poverty.

As reported by Tim Macaluso for CITY Newspaper and WXXI News, state education officials have drafted a plan to replace the Rochester Board of Education with a state-appointed board for at least five years. That's according to documents that CITY Newspaper has obtained. At the end of the five years, the district’s governance would return to an elected board. 

This report has already sparked heated debate about who’s in charge, and whether a state takeover would be a just and democratic step. Our guests  discuss it:

The Rochester Beacon is hosting an event focused on exploring possible answers for the Rochester City School District. On Monday afternoon, they host panel discussions led by Mayor Lovely Warren, the RTA’s Adam Urbanski, ROC the Future’s Jackie Campbell, and more. And they welcome Chris Cerf, who has led schools in both New Jersey and New York City.

Our guests for the hour share their suggestions for the Rochester City School District:

  • Chris Cerf, former commissioner of education for the state of New Jersey, and former deputy chancellor of New York City public schools
  • Marty Walz, Rochester native and attorney who has experience in school receivership in Massachusetts
  • Kent Gardner, economist and opinion editor for the Rochester Beacon

Harley School, Allendale Columbia plan to merge

Apr 30, 2019

Two well-known Rochester-area private schools plan to merge.

The boards of trustees at The Harley School and Allendale Columbia have begun the process to formally affiliate the schools, according to a news release. The final agreement is expected to be signed by June 30.

Under the agreement, Harley would assume operational responsibility for the two schools.

The schools said students and families can expect “few changes” this year and next school year. Students now in grades 11 and 12 will graduate from their current schools.

Rosanna Yule - Monroe Community College

Monroe Community College is exploring ways to help single mothers stay in school and get their degrees.

"They are a paradox,” said MCC research specialist Mary Ann DeMario.

She’s leading a six year research project that will examine why single moms enroll in college, but then drop out.

Dr. Jerome Jean-Gilles

The Pittsford Central School District is defending its handling of a Black History Month project that went wrong. WXXI News reached out to the district after a Pittsford parent noticed what he called egregious errors in an elementary school project intended to honor African American inventors.

Dr. Jerome Jean-Gilles was picking up his children from their school when he noticed dozens of posters lining the main hallway.

“They told me the theme of the project was to celebrate a hundred black inventors,” Jean-Gilles said.

WATCH: Meet Rochester's citizen scientists

Apr 23, 2019

Spring is finally here and that means people throughout Rochester are eager to head outside and embrace the slightly warmer temperatures. Once you finally get outside, do you ever stop and take the time to notice the environment around you? The City of Rochester’s Department of Youth and Recreation has created a group called Earth Explorers. As WXXI’s Lisa Famiglietti explains, the goal is to get kids to enjoy the great outdoors while taking part in a little something called “citizen science.”

How do educators determine which students are gifted? Are there biases that come into play?

We examine those questions with Dr. Donna Ford of Vanderbilt University. She’s in town as a guest of Nazareth College, where she’ll give a presentation about culturally responsive gifted education. But first, she’s our guest on Connections.


(AP) Members of the New York state Senate are taking a look at oversight of for-profit colleges.

The Senate's Standing Committee on Higher Education is scheduled to hold a public hearing Wednesday in Albany on the current level of regulations on for-profit colleges and trade schools with a focus on whether changes would better serve students.

Members of the legislature have pushed different proposals in recent years to increase regulations on the growing for-profit college industry to address student debt.