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• Beating the Odds IV: A City-By-City Analysis of Student Performance And Achievement Gaps On State Assessments (March 2004)
The Council of the Great City Schools has prepared this fourth edition of Beating the Odds to give the nation another look at how inner-city schools are performing on the academic goals and standards set by the states for our children. This report focuses on math and reading achievement through 2003.

• Critical Trends in Urban Education: Fifth Biennial Survey of America’s Great City Schools (October 2002)
From the Council of the Great City Schools, this report is the fifth in a series of polls that survey the leadership of America’s major urban public school systems about the challenges they face and their expectations for the future.

• Perspectives on Urban Education
“The mission of Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education is to provide an interactive forum to investigate critical issues in urban education.”

• Foundations for Success: Case Studies of How Urban School Systems Improve Student Achievement (2002)
“This report extends the existing research by examining the experiences of three large urban school districts (and a portion of a fourth) that have raised academic performance for their district as a whole, while also reducing racial differences in achievement.”

• Hope for Urban Education: A Study of Nine High-Performing, High-Poverty Urban Elementary Schools – December 1999
This report was released in December 1999 by Secretary of Education, Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education’s third regional Improving America’s Schools conference in Chicago.  It focuses on nine Title I-funded urban elementary schools that have achieved impressive academic results.

• The Institute for Urban and Minority Education
Conducts research to better understand the experiences of diverse urban and minority group populations in the different institutions and situations which influence their development.  IUME provides the knowledge necessary for establishing government policies and designing educational programs to support the development of these ethnically and linguistically diverse groups.

• Council of the Great City Schools
An organization of the nation’s largest urban public school systems, advocating K-12 education in inner-city schools, and governed by superintendents and board of education members from 50 cities across the country. Site includes urban ed case studies, legislative updates, list of links, much more.

• Rethinking Schools: An Urban Educational Journal
Founded in 1986 by activist teachers, Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit, independent publisher of educational materials advocating the reform of elementary and secondary education, with a strong emphasis on issues of equity and social justice. Includes the full text of many articles.

• Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform (1999)
“Frederick Hess argues that much of what ails urban education is actually the result of continuous or fragmentary reform.” Published by Brookings Institution Press.

• National Resource Center for Youth Services
Offers resources and support for child welfare, youth services, juvenile justice, and other professionals whose focus is youth, children and families. NRC provides on-site training, management services, information and referral, conference planning, teen conferences, and a wide variety of affordable publications and videos.

• Laboratory for Student Success
The Laboratory for Student Success (LSS) is one of ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) funded by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement of the U. S. Department of Education. The overarching goal of the LSS is to strengthen the capacity of the mid-Atlantic region–which includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC–to enact and sustain lasting systemic educational reform through collaborative programs of applied research and development and services to the field. In particular, LSS seeks to achieve high academic standards in urban schools in the mid-Atlantic region and nationally through a comprehensive program of urban education enhancement.

• E-News
Produced in collaboration with The National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI) and The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt)

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For more information:
The National Institute for Urban School Improvement
1380 Lawrence St., Suite #625
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-556-3990
Fax: 303-556-6141
Email: niusi@cudenver.edu
Website: http://www.urbanschools.org

• ERIC Digest – Family Diversity in Urban Schools (1999)

• ERIC Digest – Overcrowding in Urban Schools (1995)

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• Urban Education Partnership
315 W. Ninth St., Ste. 1110
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tel: (213) 622-5237
Email: info@urbanedpartnership.org

• “I Have A Dream” Foundation
Provides comprehensive educational support for children from low-income communities; adopts entire first- through fourth-grade classes from public schools or public housing developments; promotes program growth; provides support services to local sites; fosters community outreach; sets national policies.
20th Floor
330 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001-5010
Tel: 212/293-5480
Fax: 212/293-5478
E-mail: ihadcomm@aol.com

• National Institute for Urban School Improvement
National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI)
1380 Lawrence St., Suite #625
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-556-3990
Fax: 303-556-6141
Email: niusi@cudenver.edu
Website: http://www.urbanschools.org

• The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems
The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt)
1380 Lawrence St., Suite #625
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-556-3990
Fax: 303-556-6141
Email: nccrest@cudenver.edu
Website: http://www.nccrest.org

• The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: (202) 833-7200