Soaring Stars at SUNY Geneseo

Soaring Stars serves Livingston County in a five-week summer program that incorporates research-based approaches inspired by the Reggio Emilia method of education. The program was implemented in 2012, where it began serving 26 rural, low-income students in K-1 classrooms. This approach is grounded in the surrounding community and sees families as integral to the child’s academic success.  Historically students participating in the program demonstrate no summer learning loss, with modest gains in reading and math scores for those who attend at least three summers. Summer of 2017 marked the year when children who began Soaring Starts as rising kindergarteners in Year One, are now rising fifth graders and have completed the full scope of the program. Children entering seventh grade next fall will be eligible to transition to summer programming at SUNY Geneseo.

The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo, is located in Geneseo, NY. Originally, the college was founded in 1871 as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School before becoming a state liberal arts college in 1948. It is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. The college serves 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students across 54 degree-granting programs.


Program Director: Annmarie Urso

urso 2Dr. Annmarie Urso is an associate professor in the School of Education at SUNY Geneseo. A 30 year professional in Education, Dr. Urso taught 20 years in rural K-12 schools in New York state as an elementary education, special education, and reading teacher. Her research interests are in cognitive profiles of children who struggle with reading. She is a learning disabilities specialist and an educational diagnositican. Dr. Urso is the president of the NYS Chapter for the Council for Exceptional Children and represents Institutes of Higher Education on the NYS Education Department’s Commissioner’s Advisory Panel on Special Education.

Email: urso@geneseo.edu         Phone:  585-245-5468