Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Council of the Great City Schools

The Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) is a national coalition of 66 urban public school districts which focuses on advancing urban education in America. Many of the CGCS' goals are similar to the goals of the Center for STEM Ed, such as furthering teacher recruitment and retention and narrowing the achievement gap between urban and non-urban school districts.

It is encouraging to see the CGCS website and the projects that are being undertaken in order to achieve these goals. Since CGCS is a national organization, it has the ability to conduct national surveys and other large-scale research that the Center for STEM Ed does not have the budget for.

One of the CGCS' consistent projects involves surveying the schools in the coalition's districts to try and discover solutions to problems in urban education that may already be in place. For instance, if an urban school in one of the CGCS' participating districts is doing something that is helping to narrow achievement gaps, the CGCS will find out and be able to spread the knowledge of those practices to other urban schools.

I highly recommend visiting the CGCS website. Also, an article about the views of the CGCS about No Child Left Behind can be found here.

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