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Over 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years, in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%.

Gesu Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education is 11/4/16. Register today!

Join us for the 19th Annual Symposium—Cultural Responsiveness in the Urban Classroom with Keynote Speaker, Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.

Friday November 4, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Networking reception to follow

The 2016 Symposium will examine how the teacher-student relationship should be framed in cultural awareness. At a time when many urban educators are teaching students with cultural backgrounds and experiences that vary from their own, dialogue on educating to the student’s life narrative is key. This symposium will discuss ways to challenge the current pedagogy of engaging students in an urban area, redefining what an urban education can look like.

Keynote speaker, Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., whose work has been featured on ABC, CNN, and PBS, is rocking the pedagogical rhetoric around this topic. Dr. Emdin will join our vibrant, diverse panel who will complement and challenge these emerging, controversial ideas of how to culturally engage students in the classroom.

Tickets are free! Click here to register and for details

Christopher Emdin, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker 
Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University 
Author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...And the Rest of Y'all Too

Pamela Barnett, Ph.D., Panelist 
Dean, The College of Arts & Sciences 
Trinity Washington University

Tamika Evans, Panelist 
Global Leadership Academy Southwest

David P. Hardy, Panelist 
Chief Executive Officer
Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School 

Steven S. Piltch, Ed.D, Moderator 
Head of School 
The Shipley School 

Gesu School Sherrerd Gymnasium 
1700 West Thompson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121 

Please RSVP by October 28, 2016 

More Information
For more information, contact Sarah Stirzel Cuzzolina, Director of Annual Giving, at 215-763-9077 or

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

Gordon & Gretchen Cooney

Craig E. White