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Urban Action 11/22

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Events focus on education

A pair of events sponsored by a coalition of education advocates and teachers will focus on two current education issues: privatization of urban schools and using research to provide high-quality education.

The first event is a free screening of the documentary film "Backpack Full of Cash" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, November 30, at the Little Theatre. The film, which is narrated by actor Matt Damon, argues that vouchers, charters, and privatization are having an adverse effect on traditional public schools and communities.

The second event, "Creating Great Schools and Students through Research-based Policies and Practices," will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, at the World of Inquiry School, 200 University Avenue. Regents Betty Rosa, Wade Norwood, and T. Andrew Brown will discuss the issue with Dena Swanson, University of Rochester associate professor of counseling and human development; Richard Ryan, UR professor of psychology; David Hursh, UR professor of teaching and curriculum; and Shawgi Tell, associate professor of education at Nazareth College.

Sponsors of the events are Metro Justice, the Rochester Teachers Association, the Alliance for Quality Education, and several other groups.

Weathering winter

Reconnect Rochester's next Street Films event – at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 29 – will be a group of short films that might serve as inspiration for how Rochester could capitalize on its snow and cold-weather months. The feature film follows Mona Seghatoleslami, WXXI radio host, as she commutes to downtown Rochester by bike and bus during the winter. The films will be followed by a panel discussion with several community leaders. The event will be held at the Little Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $5 to $25.