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Roc Literacy Mission: a parent-led, community conversation and workshop. 

Roc Literacy Mission: a parent-led, community conversation and workshop.  In-Person

In October 2022, a variety of community members and stakeholders met at Chili Public Library to discuss dyslexia. View notes from that discussion here. To continue and expand that conversation, parents/ family members will share what they want their community to know about their family’s struggle with literacy.  In small groups, we’ll brainstorm actions we can take as individuals, as organizations, and as a collective to better serve families and children and build a more literate Rochester.

This parent-led discussion is for parents of struggling learners, students, teachers, higher education, adult literacy, school administrators, board of education members, funders, community members, etc.


1. Gather a variety of stakeholders to listen to parents' stories, reflect, and identify action items.    

2. Discuss possible actions we can take as individuals, as organizations/ families, and as a collective to best support our struggling learners including those who are dyslexic. 

he following parents and family members are confirmed to speak:

Cindi Bauman, West Irondequoit CSD

Tina and Brennan Carney, Gates Chili CSD 

Maria Cruz, RCSD

Jessica Fowler, Greece CSD

Jessica Millan, Greece CSD/ private school



The following leaders and stakeholders are tentatively scheduled to be in attendance:

Maryanne Barrett, Roberts Wesleyan University

Stacey Rae Benner-Beatte, Adult with Dyslexia, Gates Chili CSD

Kathy Benner, Parent of an Adult with Dyslexia, Rush Henrietta CSD

Sarah Dumrese, Teacher, Gates Chili CSD

Jennifer Eaton, Program Director, Literacy Rochester    

Megan Ferra, Greece CSD Board of Education

Clianda Florence, Educator, Greece CSD  Dr. Carol St. George, Professor at University of Rochester's Warner School of Education and Director of the Reading and Literacies Program 

Dr. Maria Hopkins, Director of the Graduate Literacy Program and Marie Callahan Reading Clinic at Nazareth College

Patricia Leo, Florence M. Muller Foundation

Tarja Parssinen, WNY Education Alliance

Jeff Smink, Ed Trust-NY

Dr. Elizabeth Stevens, Roberts Wesleyan University

Melissa Taberski, MS, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist & Parent 



This community conversation and workshop is presented in collaboration with the following partners:

Community Advocates of Struggling Learners (CASL)

Dyslexia Allies of WNY

Ed Trust-NY

Education Success Foundation

Encompass:  Resources for Learning

Florence Brasser Family Association (FBFA)

Florence M. Muller Foundation

Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)

Hoekelman Center 

Monroe County Library System

National Parents Union

Literacy Rochester

Nazareth College

The Norman Howard School

Roberts Wesleyan University

Roc the Future Alliance

St. John Fisher University

University of Rochester

WNY Education Alliance



Monday, March 27, 2023
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Central - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Central Library
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