East student documentary premiers in San Francisco. To be shown in Rochester today.

East student documentary premiers in San Francisco. To be shown in Rochester today.

• May 6, 2013

Last week seven East High School students took the trip of a lifetime.

After two years of conducting qualitative and quantitative research, the students travelled to San Francisco to present at the American Educators and Research Association conference (AERA). During their presentation, the students premiered their documentary entitled, “College Ready,” a fifty minute look at the differences between the city and suburbs when it comes to college readiness, and an insightful look at the real definition of “college readiness.” As one of 13,000 applications for only 100 spots, “College Ready” was the only film produced by high school students to be chosen. A high honor indeed.

East students worked in conjunction with professors from St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, along with graduate students in education, and teachers from East High. Their five day trip to San Francisco was paid for by grants and donations the group raised entirely themselves.

One of the most important accomplishments of these East High School students is the process which they pioneered. East students served in a research collaborative where professors, students and teachers all worked democratically to answer a question that has direct impact on the community. The results of this research are then intended to be shared with the community, to take direct action to improve the condition of college readiness among students in RCSD.

Probably no one relished the trip more than Dorothy Holloway. It was her first time on a plane and her first trip outside New York. Dorothy, a single mom, has one overriding passion: getting the best possible education for herself and passing it onto her children. Often working alone, she spent literally hundreds of hours editing and perfecting the documentary.

The Rochester premiere of “College Ready” is scheduled for today at 5pm at the University of Rochester’s Warner School building, in the Le Chase auditorium.

Come by and support Dorothy and the team as they proudly display their hard work and well deserved recognition.


About The Author


Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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