The 2018 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium will be held on October 8-10, 2018 in San Diego, California. Please join our returning attendees who have called the NCUST Symposium the most powerful professional development experience of the year!

The America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium is an opportunity to celebrate excellence in public education and learn from urban schools and districts that achieve impressive academic results, especially for children of color, English learners, students with disabilities, and students who meet low-income criteria. You can expect one full day of school visits to high performing schools and two days of high-quality programming, time to team-build with your colleagues and make new connections, and non-stop inspiration to recharge your gap-closing, achievement-raising spirits!

Our theme this year is Leadership for Excellence and Equity. Each of these schools benefit from leaders in their discipline or role that contribute to the overall success of the school. Throughout the symposium, we will feature teachers, principals, support staff, superintendents and researchers who have supported and studied efforts to ensure excellence and equity for all students.

Each of our award-winning schools will host a session that describes their journey to success and the practices they engage in to ensure deep learning and continuous improvement. As well, each session leaves lots of time for questions and conversation to explore the ideas and issues in depth. Educators attending the symposium exit with specific plans regarding how they will break down barriers to achievement for students at their school.

Stay tuned for our full schedule of events and plenary speakers.

If you have any questions, please contact NCUST at (619) 594-7905 or

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