4th National Summit Overview

Increasing Student Achievement through Effective Teaching

April 27 - 29, 2011











The purpose of the Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit is to build and strengthen a national network where urban educators can share research findings, instructional practices, program strategies, policy initiatives and other resources aimed at developing and supporting the best and most effective teachers for students in high-need urban schools.

At this year’s conference, our goals are to respond to and challenge our current work in the following areas:

  • Identify strategies that have had demonstrated success in increasing the achievement of children in high-need, hard-to-staff urban schools.

  • Explore what the research tells us about what works to support effective teaching in these schools. 

  • Discuss strategies for supporting collaboration among the various stakeholders who can support and implement education change on behalf of high-need children.

  • Examine ways to influence a public policy agenda to develop and support teachers so that they effectively serve the educational demands of children in high-need urban schools. 

This year's national summit offers evidence-based practices aimed at addressing some of the greatest educational challenges in urban schools today.

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Great Teachers Summit Plenary Presentations

Perspective on Teacher Effectiveness (multiple presenters)

A (Very) Brief Overview of Trends in Teacher Evaluation presented by Laura Goe, Ph.D., Research Scientist, ETS and Principal Investigator for Research and Dissemination, National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality

Educator Effectiveness from a State Legislative Perspective presented by Paula Dominguez, Ed.D, Director of Legislative Research, Rhode Island General Assembly

Perspectives on Teacher Effectiveness using the Colorado Growth Model presented by Damian Betebenner, National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment

An Introduction to AFT’s Continuous Improvement Model for Teacher Development and Evaluation presented by Angela Minnici, Ph.D., Associate Director, Educational Issues Department, American Federation of Teachers

Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project presented by Lauren Landon, Teacher, Knapp Elementary School, Denver

Together We Can: Building Effective Learning Teams for Deeper Student Learning presented by Kathleen Fulton, Director of Reinventing Schools for the 21st Century, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

Clinical Teacher Preparation and Partnership for Improved Student Learning in Urban Schools (multiple presenters)

Presentation by Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, The State University of New York

Oregon Efforts to Improve Teaching and Learning presented by Randy Hitz, Dean, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University

The California Alliance Initiative presented by Beverly Young, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, The California State University

Click here to access the Biographical Sketches of Summit Presenters

Summit Collaborators

The Center for Urban Education wishes to thank and acknowledge the following Summit collaborators: