6th Annual Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit

21st Century Teachers for Urban Student Success

April 3-5, 2013


Participants at the 6th Annual Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit examined and discussed 21st Century teaching and learning strategies to ensure the educational success of children in high-need urban schools. The Summit was held April 3-5, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Over 250 participants joined us from 50 cities throughout the country, representing 18 states, plus Washington D.C.  

Session topics included:

  • Culturally responsive teaching

  • Engaging student learning through technology including blended learning and integrating multimedia resources

  • Using data to inform and differentiate instruction

  • Evaluating teacher effectiveness

  • Increasing the achievement of English language learners

  • Integrating the involvement of communities, families and parents into teacher preparation programs

  • Preparing teachers to help students become college and career ready

  • Effective “grow your own” programs to develop teachers of color

  • Development of professional learning communities to strengthen professional collaboration and student learning.


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6th Annual Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit final program

Background Information on Speakers

Concurrent Presentations

AIR's Educator Quality Web Post on the Summmit


Great Teachers Summit Plenary Presentations

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The American Graduate: 21st Century Teaching Tools for Urban Student Success



Aspiring Teachers of Color: Strategies to Expand Pathways to the Teaching Profession in Urban Schools 



Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete


  • Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade, Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University and Director, Educational Equity Initiative, Institute for Sustainable Economic, Education, and Environmental Design


Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectation of Tomorrow's Teachers



Teacher Education Accountability: Impact on States and Teacher Preparation Program



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Thank You to Our Collaborators

The Center for Urban Education wishes to especially acknowledge and thank our collaborators for their generous support of the Great Teacher for Our City Schools National Summit: