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Congratulations 2015 Award Finalists!

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award winners and thank you to all of those who applied.

2015 Eligibility Criteria

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    Take a look at the Program Guide for the 2015 National Excellence In Urban Education Symposium. Click to download.



    Early individual registration for the NEUE Symposium is now over but YOU CAN STILL REGISTER!! Do it now so you can get a reasonably priced flight to Dallas!!!


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

    NCUST's executive coaches flew all over the country doing site visits, meeting with principals and observing lessons at the schools chosen as finalists for the 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Award. After extensive conferencing, winners were chosen in Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Gold Level prize winners will be announced at the 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium in Dallas on May 21st.


    NCUST Announces Keynote Speakers for the 2015 Symposium

    Kati HaycockKati Haycock, President
    The Education Trust

    Kati Haycock is one of the nation's leading advocates in the field of education.

    She currently serves as President of The Education Trust. Established in 1996, the Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college.  The organization’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign too many low-income students and students of color to lives on the margins of the American mainstream.

    Known for years as a powerful force on education policy, The Trust is often described as “the most important truth teller” in American public education.  But the organization also works hand in hand with educators and civic leaders in their efforts to transform schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well.

    Before coming to The Education Trust, Haycock served as Executive Vice President of the Children's Defense Fund, the nation's largest child advocacy organization.

    A native Californian, Haycock founded and served as President of The Achievement Council, a statewide organization that provided assistance to teachers and principals in predominantly minority schools in improving student achievement. She also served as Director of Outreach and Student Affirmative Action programs for the nine-campus University of California system.

    Kati Haycock speaks about educational improvement before thousands of educators, community and business leaders, and policymakers each year.  She has received numerous awards for her service in behalf of our nation’s youth, and serves as a director on several education-related boards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, The New Teacher Project, and the Hunt Institute.


    Patrick Briggs

    Patrick Briggs
    AVID Texas State Director

    Mr. Patrick Briggs is a proud 1991 and 1993 graduate of Prairie View A & M University.  For the past 3 years, he has served as the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Texas State Director.  He comes to this position after 5 years as the AVID Texas State Assistant Director.  Before that he spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas.  Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and his Master of Education in Educational Administration from Prairie View A & M University.  He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Administrator Leadership with an emphasis on Teaching and Learning from Walden University.  AVID is a College Readiness System and our mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing ALL students for college readiness and success in a global society.  In reality, Patrick believes that the “achievement gap” does not exist.  He believes that there are really opportunity and expectation gaps that adults must close for ALL students.  Patrick is often quoted in educational settings say, “ALL means ALL”.

    Patrick’s current research is on African American Male achievement.  He serves on the Dream Team of AVID’s African American Male Initiative which has completed a successful pilot working with predominantly African American schools to decrease the opportunity and expectation gaps by focusing on an asset model and Culturally Relevant Teaching for ALL populations of students.  This work led to the highly successful Culturally Relevant Teaching:  Transforming Educators and Culturally Relevant Teaching:  Empowering Students courses that are offered at AVID’s Summer Institutes and Pathway Trainings.  He is a co-author of the Culturally Relevant Teaching Pathways book that serves as the foundation of these courses.

    Patrick’s passion lies in helping ALL learners achieve at high levels so ALL students are college and career ready upon completion of high school.  He believes that ALL students deserve a high quality education that will enable them to make choices in life that will lead to success in any field of their choosing.  His love is working with teachers – the most valuable resource in a school - to equip them with the tools and skills to help ALL students obtain success in school and life.

    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 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