The progressive dialogue in Rochester was held at the Memorial Art Gallery and was co-hosted by the University of Rochester and the New York State Board of Regents. Over 50 stakeholders came together who represented diverse communities across the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. Context was provided by President Joel Seligman, University of Rochester; Vice Chancellor Milton Cofield and Regent Wade Norwood, New York State Board of Regents; and New York State Senator Joseph Robach. The dialogue was planned and led by Dr. Judi Fonzi, Director, Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform (University of Rochester). A brief overview of the Ohio STEM Learning Network was shared by Mr. Buzz Bartlett, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education (TIES). Participants developed recommendations in small groups and shared their top ideas in plenary session. They also interactively assessed each group's recommendation and four summary statements with the support of e-Instruction hand-held devices.
Ethnographic observation of the small group and plenary sessions was led by the PAST Foundation with support of local undergraduate and graduate students. The PAST ethnographic bullet point report is incorporated in the regional dialogue report available to the right.