The Urban Collaborative works with districts across the United States that are leading inclusive and equitable schools. Our member districts serve students with disabilities across the nation. Counter Last Updated: November 2017.
100# of Districts
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Member District Map
The Urban Collaborative proudly works with school districts across the country who are committed to leading inclusive and equitable education for students with disabilities.
Explore our interactive member map highlighting our member districts. If you would like to learn more about our members, go to the Member District List.
Voices from the Field
Cincinnati Public Schools: Finding Common Ground with Professional DevelopmentCincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is at the forefront of delivering comprehensive professional development for teachers of students with disabilities. Almost all of our professional development is embedded in the daily lives of our teachers and its implementation is supported by all levels of district administration. Where appropriate, we do advocate for opportunities to provide teachers with professional development to gain information about a specific subject or skill in a short period of time. In our work, we have seen evidence of success, and in particular, the support services for students with significant needs has improved because of quality instruction with a foundation of solid, integrated professional development.
Professional Learning Platforms for a Large Suburban DistrictKaty ISD is the second fastest growing district in the state of Texas, which presents challenges for offering high-quality professional development opportunities for all special education staff members that is effective and provides a consistent message of district expectations for student achievement and individual growth. Katy ISD embarked on a mission to provide multiple platforms for professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators. This article delves into some of the different ways that we meet our adult learner needs.
Westin Chicago River North320 N Dearborn StChicago, IL
November 6, 2019 (All day) to November 8, 2019 (All day)
Registration is now open for our Fall 2019 Member Meeting! (see below to Register)
Hosted by: Chicago Public Schools
Theme: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: The Intersection of Disability and Race
Note: This is a member-only meeting. If you would like your district to join the Urban Collaborative, please reach our to us at UrbanCollaborative@asu.edu.
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Supreme Court sets higher bar for education of students with disabilitiesThe Supreme Court issued a major decision expanding the scope of students' special education rights, ruling unanimously that schools must do more than provide a "merely more than de minimis" education program to a student with a disability.
Our fight for disability rights and why we're not done yetFor more than 30 years, Judith Heumann has been involved on the international front working with organizations and governments around the world to advance the human rights of people with disabilities.
The Urban Collaborative offers customized technical assistance options geared toward improving leadership, policy, and practice in urban school districts. We are guided by a central tenant: students with and without disabilities benefit from the development of a more inclusive and comprehensive system of supports and services. We are also clear that adaptive and technical changes are required to create systemic change.