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Barbara Deane-Williams,
Superintendent of Schools
Barbara Deane-Williams joined the Rochester City School District on August 8, 2016, becoming the first woman to serve as permanent Superintendent. To drive innovation and improvement, she immediately engaged the District’s leadership team in five 100-Day Listening and Learning projects. Project teams are in the process of engaging constituents, researching best practices and bringing forth recommendations to improve key functional areas. The Superintendent has laid out areas of focus to guide all District plans—prioritizing educational equity; building relational capacity; nurturing innovation; creating coherence across systems and programs that serve children; and ensuring accountability for action. More >

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T&L Partnership & Support Teams Visit NRCS

Barbara Dean-Williams with Teacher at School No. 3 Beth Mascitti-Miller speaks teacher at School No 3.

February 14, 2017School visits for the T&L Partnership & Support Teams kicked off this week on Monday February 13. Teams of six visited each assigned schools to look for the bright spots within our District, and to ask what supports the teachers need in classrooms. Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams was also on site, joining a team at Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3. This visit lasted a few hours with team members going into each classroom to interact with staff members and students. More than 40 District Office educators are on the teams, which are scheduled to visit every classroom in every City school this semester.

Hiring Mission-Driven Teachers for 2017-18 School Year
Superintendent Barb Deane-Williams talks with prospective teachers Interested applicants attend Teacher recruitment event for 2017-18 school year
February 11, 2017 — The Rochester City School District held a special teacher recruitment event recently to fill teaching positions for the 2017-18 school year. Over 90 interested candidates sought employment at the Saturday event after the District promoted throughout the community and directly through the education schools at 19 colleges and universities in the region. The Department of Human Capital Initiatives conducted interviews and made job offers on the spot to qualified candidates. Both pre-registered applicants and walk-ins were interviewed throughout the day.

During the interview process, candidates were asked to present a lesson plan that showcases their skills and passion to be an urban teaching professional. In addition to an interview, candidates also had an opportunity to meet Superintendent Deane-Williams and other District leaders to learn about the District’s work to build equity by helping all students achieve and to support every student by face and name.

“Every child deserves to have a certified teacher in front of him or her on the first day of school,” said Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams. “This is why the District is focused squarely on implementing a new hiring initiative now, in February, to recruit mission-driven teachers who have a passion for serving urban children and want to work in partnership with parents and the community.”

Interested candidates seeking employment for the 2017-18 school year should complete or update an application online at
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