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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 Nov. 3. Register today!

Join us for the 20th Annual Symposium featuring Keynote Speaker, Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed., on Our Kids Are Not Broken: Empowering Traumatized Youth. 

Tickets are free! Registration is required. 

Friday, November 3, 2017
Gesu School Sherred Gymnasium
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Refreshments to follow 
Please RSVP by October 27, 2017. 

Gesu School’s 2017 Symposium, Our Kids Are Not Broken: Empowering Traumatized Youth, will examine best practices surrounding the impact of trauma on our students, in and out of the classroom. This year’s keynote, Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a nationally recognized expert in the field of child development, will speak about his extensive research and practice on utilizing strength and resilience to confront the underlying effects of stress and trauma on youth. Our expert panel will continue the conversation, providing practical expertise on how trauma-informed pedagogy can be employed to foster a more productive learning environment.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. 


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


Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed., Keynote Speaker 
Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Health Services, Covenant House Pennsylvania

Rebecca Hilgen Bryan, M.S.N., A.P.N., N.P.C., Panelist
Wellness Center Director, Urban Promise

Dan Rhoton, M.Ed., Panelist
Executive Director, Hopeworks ‘N Camden

Jeff Sparagana, Ed.D., Panelist
Retired Superintendent, Pottstown School District

Ronald W. Whitaker II, Ed.D., Panelist
Assistant Professor, Education, Cabrini University

Reverend Stephen D. Thorne, Moderator
Pastor, Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church
Chaplain & Adjunct Faculty Member, Neumann University
Board Member, Gesu School

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

We Thank Our 2017 Sponsors!


Cozen O'Connor 


Fox & Roach Charities 

Saint Joseph's University: 
Office of the Provost
ACESJU Education Fellows Program
The SJU Education Unit  





Health Partners Plans  

Always seeking to improve education for ALL of America’s inner-city children, Gesu School launched our Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education in 1997 to bring together funders, stakeholders, policymakers, and educators to tackle the tough issues in inner-city education today. From our first moderator, the late Tim Russert, to outstanding panelists like Stedman Graham, Joe Klein, and Paul Tough, the annual gathering brings together leading thinkers to stimulate productive conversation and energize us for our work in the field.