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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 educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders to tackle the tough issues in urban education. From our first moderator, the late Tim Russert, to outstanding panelists like Stedman Graham, Joe Klein, and Paul Tough, the annual gathering brings together top thought leaders to stimulate productive conversation and empower educators and the community for our work in the field. The symposium is another way we strive for the Magis at Gesu!

You’re invited to Gesu’s Virtual 25th Symposium. This year’s topic is Surviving and Thriving: Supporting Our Teachers in These Challenging Times. Keynote Speaker Rob Evans, Ed.D. will outline practical ways to reduce stress and restore hope both individually and as a school community. Join us on November 2, 2022 at 5pm ET for this motivational conversation with Q&A. Learn more and register.

Event sponsorships are available. 
Sponsorships enable Gesu School to serve as a thought leader and to host this event free of charge to the public. View sponsorship opportunities here. For more information, contact Bartley Jeannoute, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at 215-613-4138 or

Recaps, videos, and transcripts from our past symposia:


2021 Working Together to Manage Pandemic Stress in Our School Communities

2020 A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

2019 Social Justice & Education: The Role of Educators in Building a School's Capacity to Meet Student Needs

2018 Everyday Heroes: Unveiling the Power of Educators 

2017 Our Kids Are Not Broken: Empowering Traumatized Youth with Keynote Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

2016 Cultural Responsiveness in the Urban Classroon

2015 Tragedies and Current Events: Helping Students Understand What They See, Read, and Hear in the News

2014 The Journey Through an Independent School

2013 The Hidden Power of Character

2012 Financing Futures: The Funding Challenges Facing Inner-City Catholic Schools

2011 Educating Inner-City Children in the 21st Century

2010 Closing the College Gap: What Can Universities, Schools and Communities Do?

2009 Transforming Inner-City Education: Faith-Based Schools? Charter Schools? Magnet Schools? Renaissance Schools? Is There One Answer?

2008 Transforming Inner-City Education: Lessons in Leadership

2007 Inner-City Education: What’s Old? What’s New? What’s Next?

2006 Transforming Inner-City Education: Can an Early Start Change the Outcome?

2005 How Colleges and Universities Can Partner with Faith-Based Communities to Serve Urban Children in Need

2004 Transforming Inner-City Education: Lessons from the Entrepreneurs

2003 Educational Reform: What’s Next?

2002 Children Learning Amid Stress

2001 Research and Roadblocks to Developing Young Readers

1999 The Urban Child in Peril: Can Literacy Change the Outcome?

1998 Do Faith and Vouchers Mix?

1997 Inner-City Education: Are Faith-Based Schools an Answer?