SDSU

Theory to Practice Toolkit: Checking Understanding, Providing Feedback, and Adapting

THEORY TO PRACTICE TOOLKIT Checking Understanding, Providing Feedback, and Adapting In this series of articles, we highlight research-based practices that are making a profound impact on student learning at 175 award-winning NCUST schools. We discovered 8 specific practices common in these schools. In this post, we shine a spotlight on the teaching practice of Checking […]

Theory to Practice Toolkit: Culturally, Socially, and Personally Responsive Teaching

culturally, socially, and personally responsive teaching

THEORY TO PRACTICE TOOLKIT Culturally, Socially, and Personally Responsive Teaching In many successful elementary, middle, and high schools, NCUST has observed examples of teachers using their cultural knowledge of their students “as a scaffold to connect” their students’ knowledge, background, and experiences with the challenging content they wanted all their students to learn. Similarly, NCUST […]

Theory to Practice Toolkit: Focusing on Understanding and Mastery

THEORY TO PRACTICE TOOLKIT Focusing on Understanding and Mastery We are excited to add a section to our monthly newsletter where we highlight research-based practices that are making a profound impact on student learning at 175 award-winning NCUST schools. We discovered 8 specific practices common in these schools. Central to our findings is the ability […]

Using Affirming Learning Walks to Build Capacity

Using Affirming Learning Walks to Build Capacity While “Learning Walks” may serve as a valuable tool for professional development, school improvement, and accountability in the educational setting, how the observation data is shared with the staff is critical. The nature of these feedback sessions can determine whether they contribute to a culture of ongoing learning […]

Theory to Practice Toolkit: Making Students Feel Valued and Capable

THEORY TO PRACTICE TOOLKIT Making Students Feel Valued and Capable We are excited to share a new monthly article series where we highlight research-based practices that are making a profound impact on student learning at 175 award-winning NCUST schools. We discovered 8 specific practices common in these schools. Central to our findings is the ability […]

The Importance of Great Early Childhood Education in America’s Best Schools

Patrick Henry Prep

The Importance of Great Early Childhood Education in America’s Best Schools Joseph F. Johnson Jr., Ph.D. Frequently, when NCUST identifies and awards outstanding elementary schools, those schools have amazing preschool programs. Children (and especially children of color) are more likely to succeed in the elementary school grades because of impressive foundations formed in preschool programs. […]

Equity Champions: Suzanne Berry

Wynnebrook Elementary School

EQUITY CHAMPIONS Suzanne Berry Real champions inspire us because we know they give everything to make a difference. Through this column, we are helping make known real champions in the lives of children and youth. At NCUST, we are thankful for all the many equity champions who are, each day, changing lives, changing schools, and […]

Executive Director Chat

Francisco Escobedo

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHAT I am thrilled to start my tenure as NCUST’s Executive Director.  While I am humbled to follow a great leader in Dr. Joe Johnson, we are fortunate he will continue providing coaching for our organization. As schools trudge through the pandemic, more than ever our mission is the centerpiece for schools while […]

2021 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium

2021 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D.  During our 2021 America’s Best Urban Schools Virtual Symposium, a participant told me, “I’ve attended several sessions and I’m starting to see how all these successful schools are doing many of the same things!”  Yes!  Too often, we are led to the mistaken impression […]

Concourse Village Elementary School
Receive the latest news

Subscribe to the National Center for Urban School Transformation

Get notified about new articles, events, insights, and opportunities.