The districts and schools in the US that have faced the greatest challenges are our urban districts. That is consistently true, regardless of the section of the country.

The Center for Urban School Leadership, one of nine UCEA Program Centers, is dedicated to understanding the challenges facing urban schools and districts, and to helping create solutions that allow our urban youth to succeed. The challenge is not that there are no successful urban schools; there are hundreds. The challenge is getting all schools to those high levels.

The Center for Urban School Leadership, located at Georgia State University, seeks to study successful schools, schools that aren’t successful, and the steps that leaders must take to move ever-more schools into the “successful” category. We strive to prepare principals and central office personnel to help all urban schools become successful.


Leadership and learning 

are indispensable to each other

John F. Kennedy


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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