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Click Here to Download a Power Point Presentation Discussing Teaching Practices from America’s Best Urban Schools

Authored by Joseph F. Johnson Jr., Lynne G. Perez, Cynthia L. Uline for the AVID National Conference in Orlando, FL, 12/12/14


The 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award Finalists Have Been Chosen!

NCUST’s executive coaches have poured over many applications to choose the following schools as finalists for the 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award:


  • Chula Vista Elementary School District: Feaster Charter School

  • Garden Grove Unified School District: John A. Murdy Elementary School

  • Glendale Unified School District: Cerritos Elementary School

  • San Diego, CA: O’Farrell Charter School


  • Gwinnett County Public Schools: Harris Elementary School


  • Chicago Public Schools: George Washington Elementary


  • Maplewood Richmond Heights School District: Maplewood Richmond Heights High School


  • Dallas Independent School District: John Quincy Adams Elementary School, Brashear Elementary School, John J. Pershing Elementary School, and Walnut Hill Elementary School

  • Fort Worth Independent School District: Charles Nash Elementary School, North Hi Mount Elementary School, W.C. Stripling Elementary School, and Young Men’s Leadership Academy

  • Houston Independent School District: George I. Sanchez Elementary School

  •  Aldine Independent School District: Anderson Academy and Mary Walke Stephens Elementary School

  • Sharyland Independent School District: B.L. Gray Junior High

  • Brownsville Independent School District: A.X. Benavides Elementary, Daniel Breeden Elementary, US Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz Elementary


  • Manassas City Public Schools: Weems Elementary School

  • Roanoke City Public Schools: Wasena Elementary School

2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium

Featuring America’s Best Urban Schools
Symposium At-A-Glance

Audience applauding in ballroom at Excellence in Urban Education Award Ceremony

Join us in Dallas, Texas at the Westin Galleria Hotel for the 2015 Symposium on May 20-22. For more information sign up for our newsletter or email ncust@mail.sdsu.edu. The symposium spotlights the nation’s top urban schools that achieve exceptional academic results. At the symposium, principals, superintendents, teacher leaders, and other educators are engaged in meeting, listening to, and asking questions of leaders from these outstanding urban schools.

Hear from educators at high-performing schools with students like yours, and share your thoughts about how we can:

  • break down barriers to achievement
  • build a data-focused, collaborative learning community
  • enable learning for all students

For many educators the symposium is an important step in the journey to transforming their schools and achieving academic excellence. At the symposium you will have the opportunity to:

  • Tour award-winning schools and see for yourself how they work
  • Gain insights and motivation from keynote speakers
  • Engage in exciting Special Topic Sessions from national experts


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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 National Excellence in Urban Education Award!

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 National Excellence in Urban Education Award winners and thank you to all of the participants of our 2014 National Symposium on Excellence in Urban Education. The annual NCUST Symposium brings educators and administrators from America’s best urban schools together to share best practices. Interactive break-out sessions, powerful keynote speakers, engaging panels, and the National Excellence in Urban Education Awards ceremony are all important parts of this great experience.

NCUST symposium program cover

Copies of presentations and associated materials from the symposium can be found here.

Click here for information on the winners of the 2014 NCUST Student Speech Contest

Click here to download the 2014 Symposium Program (PDF)



2014 NCUST National Excellence in Urban Education Silver & Bronze Award Winners Announced

The 2014 Silver and Bronze award winners have been released! The Gold award winners will be announced in May at the NCUST Symposium in San Diego.

Congratulations to all 16 schools selected as winners of the 2014 NCUST National Excellence in Urban Education Awards. Among the thousands of urban schools in the nation, the winners represent the few that met all of our rigorous eligibility criteria and demonstrated through achievement test scores and other indicators that their schools achieve impressive academic results for every demographic group.  After conducting intensive site visits our team had the incredibly difficult task of determining which finalist schools presented the greatest evidence of strength in four areas: curricular rigor, instructional effectiveness, relational quality, and continuous improvement efforts.

Click here to view a complete list of the 2014 award-winning schools.

Click here to read the press release.


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