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Symposium 2019

Gesu School's 22nd Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education

With Keynote Speaker Pedro Noguera 

Friday, November 1, 2019
Social Justice & Education: The Role of Educators in Building a School's Capacity to Meet Student Needs
Gesu School Sherrerd Gymnasium
12pm - 1pm    Networking & Light Refreshments
1pm - 3pm      Symposium

Registration is closed. A few walk-in seats are available.

Gesu School's 2019 Symposium centers on the role educators play in building a school's capacity to meet student needs. Educators who succeed in serving the needs of all their students must find ways to pursue excellence and equity simultaneously, and to create conditions in schools that address children's academic and non-academic needs, such as health, nutrition, and safety.

Noguera’s presentation will describe how such strategies are being implemented successfully at a small number of schools, even in the most disadvantaged communities, where the needs are great. Noguera will also provide concrete strategies for educators that will further the efforts to raise achievement and transform the culture and performance of schools.

Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera is Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Noguera is the author of eleven books and over 200 articles and monographs. He appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. He has served as a tenured professor and held endowed chairs at NYU, Harvard, and UC Berkeley.

David Hardy
Executive Director, Excellent Schools PA


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


Thank you to our 2019 Symposium Sponsors! 

Presenting Sponsor:

Salutatorian Sponsor:

Symposium Friend:

James J. Clearkin, Inc. 


Event sponsorships are available. 
Contact Dia Becker, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at 215-763-9077 or
Thank you for supporting Gesu’s thought leadership and urban education in Philadelphia.

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

We look forward to having you as part of the conversation! Learn about our past symposia.