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Symposium 2017

Gesu School's 20th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education

With Keynote Speaker Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed.


Friday, November 3, 2017
Gesu School Sherred Gymnasium

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



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, MSN, APN, NPC, 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


We Thank Our 2017 Sponsors!

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Cozen O'Connor 



Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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






Health Partners Plans  


More Information

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