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Barbara Deane-Williams,
Superintendent of Schools

Recent work and events

Zearn Learning at School No. 42

Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams with Students Jeff Mikols helping a student with Zearn

Wednesday, April 12- On Tuesday, April 11th Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams along with District staff and members of the Zearn learning program visited School No. 42. Zearn Math is a rigorous math curriculum that teaches math as big, connected math ideas. Its digital lessons and small group instruction materials are designed to teach math concepts as connected ideas, building deep understanding. With Zearn Math, students learn new concepts in two ways: through Independent Digital Lessons and Small Group Instruction with their teacher. While working through Digital Lessons, students learn a new concept at their own pace through fluency, guided practice, and independent practice. This learning is balanced by small group instruction with their teacher; teachers teach the same lesson they would have taught to the whole group, but in a small group they are more able to deeply engage with each student and better meet the range of learners in their classroom. By learning in these two formats daily, every student receives personalized instruction. 

Superintendent Staff at meeting

March 7, 2017- "The goal of this work is to identify, recruit, select and train mission-driven Principals from our own great talent pool of up- can coming instructional leaders within the District," said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams.

The Rochester City School District is receiving technical support from the New York City Leadership Academy, or NYCLA, which has a track record of helping urban districts build Principal pipelines that have a positive impact on student achievement.  Members of the Superintendent's team have collaborated with ASAR leaders and current District Principals to adapt NYCLA’s proven model to the specific needs of Rochester schools. This is a very exciting opportunity for our District, funded by a corporate grant with support from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

“I believe that Rochester can lead urban school improvement by building administrative, teacher and student leadership capacity in-house with a focus on equity and instructional excellence,” said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams

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Articles and Initiatives

  • Lobbying for More State Aid to Support Rochester Students

    This week, as the legislature works on the State budget due April 1, Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams will be in Albany urging increased support for Rochester schools.

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  • Pipeline for School Leadership

    On February 9-10 experts from the New York City Leadership Academy visited Rochester to join Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams; along with members of her executive cabinet, leadership from Association of Supervisors and Administrators of Rochester, and two school Principals, to launch and initiative that will identify and train school Principals within the District.

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  • Year My Brother's Keeper Symposium

    On February 17-18, 2017 Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams along with Ruth Turner, Executive Director of Student Support Services, and Abel Perez-Pherett, Executive Director for , attended the My Brother’s Keeper Symposium in Albany.

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