2017 America's Best Urban Schools

Sponsorship Information

The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) promotes excellence in urban education by identifying and awarding urban schools (both public and public charter) that achieve impressive results across a variety of academic indicators. We debunk the myths that suggest that urban schools are doomed to mediocrity. Furthermore, we study the best practices of outstanding schools and help other educators emulate those practices.

NCUST is offering a few great opportunities for organizations to join us in recognizing and celebrating some of America’s best urban schools. As well, we are offering some outstanding opportunities to recognize individuals for their support and leadership in urban education. Please read through the following pages to find the sponsorship opportunity that is right for your organization.

NCUST engages in three, connected initiatives. First, we award some of the nation’s highest performing urban schools. After an extensive review of student data, followed by comprehensive on-site visits, we identify typical urban public and public charter schools that achieve impressive results for every demographic group of students. Second, we conduct a national symposium during which we celebrate our award winners and highlight their best practices. Our symposium is a special conference for all urban educators focusing on America’s best urban schools. In 2017, the Symposium will be held in Nashville, TN on May 15th through 17th. Third, we provide intensive support programs to urban schools and districts that are eager to emulate the best practices of America’s best urban schools.

2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Sponsorships

Through Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Partner Award gifts, sponsors may provide support to help award, recognize, and celebrate some of America’s best urban schools. These schools have demonstrated multiple evidences of outstanding achievement for every demographic group they serve, even though they serve low-income communities in urban school districts and they do not utilize selective admissions policies. In other words, they serve typical urban students and achieve atypical learning results!

Through gifts for influential educational leaders, student speakers, school volunteers, and America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium participants, sponsors may provide support to recognize individuals who model the vision, compassion, and determination necessary to create high-performing urban schools.

At least 80% of the resources provided by sponsors goes directly to either the awarded schools or individuals, through cash prizes, travel to the America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium, certificates, and other gifts.

GOLD AWARD SPONSOR

$30,000 or more (Two sponsorships are available. Deadline is 12/1/16.)

The sponsor supports the awards provided to America’s best urban schools Gold Award winners, including a $5,000 check to each Gold Award winner, travel for two employees from each Gold Award winner to attend the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium, and other prizes.

As the sponsor, you will receive:

• your logo on the certificate given to each Gold Award winning school.

• an opportunity to share a 90-second video in which your organization celebrates the Gold Award winners. The video will be presented at the award ceremony and will be viewable on the NCUST website.

• a full-page ad in the symposium program.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

• a large poster in the main lobby featuring your logo.

• VIP meet-and-greet with award-winning principals and superintendents from around the country.

• symposium registration for four educators of your choice or four members of your organization.

SILVER AWARD SPONSOR

$20,000 or more (Two sponsorships are available. Deadline is 12/1/16.)

The sponsor supports the awards provided to America’s best urban schools Silver Award winners, including a $2,500 check to at least three Silver Award schools, travel for two employees from each Silver Award winner to attend the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium, and other prizes.

As the sponsor, you will receive:

• your logo on the certificate given to each Silver Award winning school.

• an opportunity to share a 60-second video in which your organization celebrates the Silver Award winners. The video will be presented at the award ceremony and will be viewable on the NCUST website.

• a half-page ad in the symposium program.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

• a large poster in the main lobby featuring your logo.

• VIP meet-and-greet with award-winning principals and superintendents from around the country.

• symposium registration for three educators of your choice or three members of your organization.

BRONZE AWARD SPONSOR

$10,000 or more (Four sponsorships are available. Deadline is 12/1/16.)

The sponsor supports the awards provided to America’s best urban schools, Bronze Award winners, including a $1,000 check to at least two Bronze Award winning schools, travel for two employees from each Bronze winner to attend the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium, and other prizes.

As the sponsor, you will receive:

• your logo on the certificate given to each Bronze Award winning school.

• an opportunity to share a 60-second video in which your organization celebrates the Bronze Award

winners. The video will be presented at the award ceremony and will be viewable on the NCUST website.

• a quarter-page ad in the symposium program.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

• VIP meet-and-greet with award-winning principals and superintendents from around the country.

• symposium registration for two educators of your choice or two members of your organization.

NCUST PARTNER AWARD SPONSOR

$8,000 or more (One sponsorship is available. Deadline is 12/1/16.)

The sponsor supports the award provided to one school that has worked in partnership with NCUST and has improved student achievement to a level that qualifies for the America’s Best Urban Schools Award. The support includes a $5,000 check to the winning school and travel for two employees to attend the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium, and other prizes.

As the sponsor, you will receive:

• your logo on the certificate given to the NCUST Partner Award winner.

• a quarter-page ad in the symposium program.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

• VIP meet-and-greet with award-winning principals and superintendents from around the country.

• symposium registration for two educators of your choice or two members of your organization.

RON EDMONDS AWARD SPONSOR

$10,000 or more (One sponsorship is available. Deadline is 12/1/16.)

The sponsor supports awards provided to an influential educational leader who has dedicated his/her career to the improvement of academic achievement across urban schools. The award is named for a famous researcher who championed the belief that urban schools could make a powerful difference in the lives of children. The leader will receive a check for $7,000 (addressed to either the leader or a charity of the leader’s choice), a framed certificate, and travel to attend the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium. The leader will also provide a keynote address at a plenary session during the 2017 Symposium.

As the sponsor you will receive:

• your logo on the certificate given to the NCUST Partner Award winner.

• a quarter-page ad in the symposium program.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

• VIP meet-and-greet with award-winning principals and superintendents from around the country.

• symposium registration for two educators of your choice or two members of your organization.

STUDENT SPEECH AWARD SPONSOR

$3,000 or more (Two sponsorships are available. Deadline is 12/1/16.)

The sponsor supports awards provided to at least 10 students (from NCUST award-winning schools) who participate in and win the student speech contest. Each student winner will receive a check for $250 and a framed certificate.

As the sponsor you will receive:

• your logo on the certificate given to each Student Speech Award winner.

• an opportunity to share a 60-second video in which your organization celebrates the student speech award winners. The video will be presented at the symposium opening session and will be viewable on the NCUST website.

• an eighth-page ad in the symposium program.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

“YOUR ORGANIZATION’S NAME” AWARD SPONSOR

$3,000 or more (Four sponsorships are available. Deadline is 12/1/16.)

The sponsor supports awards provided to a parent/community volunteer/community organization nominated by the 2017 award winning schools. The volunteer will receive a check for $1,000, a framed certificate, and travel to attend the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

As the sponsor you will receive:

• your logo on the certificate given to the Volunteer Award winner.

• an opportunity to share a 60-second video in which your organization celebrates the Volunteer Award winner. The video will be presented at the symposium award ceremony and will be viewable on the NCUST website.

• an eighth-page ad in the symposium program.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANT GIFT SPONSOR

$1,000 or more (20 sponsorships are available.)

The sponsor supports gifts provided to dedicated educators who participate at the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium. Participants will receive raffle gifts including cash checks, gift cards, and other products provided by gift sponsors.

As the sponsor you will receive:

• your organization mentioned at the plenary session during which your gift is provided to a

symposium participant.

• your logo on the NCUST website page featuring the 2017 America’s Best Urban Schools Symposium.

• your organization listed on a page in the symposium program as a participant gift sponsor.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

Join NCUST in celebrating America’s best urban schools.To submit an offer of support, please send a one-paragraph proposal to NCUST Director of Operations, Karen Jones at [email protected] or fax number 619-594-0501. In the paragraph, please specify which award you wish to sponsor, the amount you propose to provide, any special considerations associated with your offer, and the name, email address, and phone number of your organization’s contact person. Please note that your message must be received by December 1, 2016 in order to be guaranteed consideration.