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National Conference Supports Urban Teaching

Center for Urban Education Hosts 4th Annual Summit April 27-29

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: April 4, 2011

Colorado’s First Lady Helen Thorpe, senior teacher-quality researcher Laura Goe, Colorado U.S. Representative Jared Polis and culturally responsive teaching expert Sonia Nieto are just a few of the nationally recognized experts presenting at the 4th Annual Great Teachers for Our City Schools national conference, April 27-29, at the Embassy Suites, Denver.

Sponsored by the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at Metropolitan State College of Denver in collaboration with eight national education organizations this summit is the only conference with a focus on teaching in urban schools that brings together educators, administrators and politicians from around the country to share best practices and address common challenges. The summit has attracted more than 600 urban educators since 2008.

“We see the greatest academic-performance gaps among students in urban schools,” says CUE Director Esther Rodriguez. “Four years ago, we developed the Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit to focus solely on helping teachers address student-achievement challenges.”

This year’s conference will focus on building and strengthening national networks where urban educators can share research findings, instructional practices, program strategies, policy initiatives and other resources. The conference goal is to develop and support the best and most effective teachers for students in high-need urban schools.

Nearly 70 proposals from 40 cities around the U.S. have been submitted for the summit’s 15 concurrent sessions.  Many of the featured presentations are centered on topics at the national forefront of the education debate including:

Perspectives of Teacher Effectiveness, a moderated panel presentation from senior research scientist Laura Goe with Educational Testing Service and a principal investigator with the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality, is the opening-day session, on April 27 at 3 p.m.

It’s Who You Teach, Not What You Teach: Preparing Culturally Competent Teachers, with Emeritus Professor Sonia Nieto from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on April 28 at 1 p.m.

Clinical Teacher Preparation and Partnership for Improving Student Learning in Urban Schools, with State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher on April 29 at 8 a.m.

Building Dreams: Educating Immigrant Students in Urban Schools, with Colorado First Lady Helen Thorpe and Colorado U.S. Representative Jared Polis addressing the challenges that immigrant students face to complete high school and prepare for college. This closing keynote is on April 29 at noon.

For a full list of information about speakers, programing and registration for the Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit visit:


About the Center for Urban Education
The roots of the Center for Urban Education (CUE) are based in Metro State’s Urban Teacher Partnership (UTP), founded in 2004 as part of a comprehensive effort to prepare teachers to effectively meet the academic needs of urban school students. Today, CUE partners with 17 Denver schools to support teaching and learning beginning in pre-school through high school and into postsecondary education.

About Metropolitan State College of Denver
With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. The College now offers master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, and will offer a master’s in social work starting fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 70,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.