The America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium is coming soon! Join us online on March 1-4, 2021 at the event many refer to as the most powerful professional development experience of the year! The America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium is an opportunity to learn from typical urban schools that achieve remarkable results for every demographic group they serve. While sessions at many conventional conferences address issues of race, ethnicity, and language background in superficial ways, every breakout session at the America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium highlights public schools where children of color, English learners, and students who meet low-income criteria are exhibiting multiple indicators of educational success, often beyond statewide averages for all students. What a great opportunity to engage your entire school team in learning from schools that serve similar communities and achieve outstanding learning outcomes!
Many attendees will be eager to attend the plenary sessions that feature highly engaging and informative keynote speakers with deep expertise related to equity. Others will be excited to attend panels that feature highly successful teacher leaders, principals, or district leaders so they can learn how individuals with similar responsibilities have positively influenced the pursuit of equity. Most often, however, attendees are eager to attend the breakout sessions that feature each award-winning urban school. Each award-winning school will host a session that describes their journey to success and the practices they engage in to ensure that all their students feel valued and capable and benefit from meaningful and relevant learning of challenging standards. As well, each session is structured to include ample time for questions and conversation to explore ideas, difficulties, and opportunities in depth. Educators attending the symposium exit with specific plans for creating stronger schools where students from every race, ethnicity, language background, and family-income bracket experience the joy of mastering rigorous academic content.