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Empowering Urban Leaders, Transforming Communities

“When you look at a city,” remarked the famous American architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, “it’s like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it.” What better place than in the schools to lay the groundwork for realizing the hopes of the city? And it is there, in urban schools and districts, that Noguera’s “guardians of equity," the school and district leaders, leverage opportunities and meet challenges for the sake of each child’s future.

The Center for Urban School Leadership (USL), one of nine UCEA Program Centers, is dedicated to supporting school/district leaders and leadership development programs/professors as they leverage the unique opportunities and overcome the difficult barriers found in urban settings.


Vision:               USL is an international network of scholars, practitioners, and community leaders committed to advancing the preparation and practice of urban educational leaders for the benefit of schools, children, and communities

Mission:            By focusing on urban school leaders and their preparation to lead, USL will: 

  • Promote, sponsor, and disseminate research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership practice in urban communities 

  • Improve the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professors 

  • Connect scholars, practitioners, and community leaders 

  • Positively influence local, state, and national educational policy 

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Leadership and learning 

are indispensable to each other

John F. Kennedy

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Get in touch to learn more about our work and how to get involved

Georgia State University

College of Education and Human Development

30 Pryor St. SW, Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30303


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