Council of the Great City Schools

57th Annual Fall Conference in Albuquerque, NM, Oct. 30-Nov. 3


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National Town Hall Meeting to Focus On Race, Language and Culture in America

Aired on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:30pm

  • WHO: Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, big-city educators and students
  • WHAT: National Town Hall Meeting on Race, Language and Culture


Download the 12-page Agenda-at-a-glance from the Fall Conference program.

Conference Program

Download the 62-page Fall Conference program, including information on all of the sessions.

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    About the Council

    The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. Composed of 67 large city school districts, its mission is to promote the cause of urban schools and to advocate for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations. The organization also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information, and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth. Visit the Council's website at

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    Go here for a list of the 67 large city school districts represented by the Council of the Great City Schools.

    About the Annual Conference

    The Council of the Great City Schools will assemble more than 800 urban school superintendents, board members, senior administrators, college deans of education and educational leaders from across the country to discuss initiatives to improve the quality of education for children in urban schools.

    The conference will feature more than 70 break-out sessions, focused on issues such as implementing the Common Core State Standards, closing the achievement gap, improving student achievement and creating better high schools.

    The pinnacle event of the conference will be the national town hall meeting on a major issue of the day in urban education. Also, the nation’s top prize in urban education leadership --- the Richard R. Green Award—will be presented at the conference.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Urban School Superintendents
    • School Board Members
    • Deans of Colleges of Education
    • Senior School District Administrators

    The Council of the Great City Schools brings together the nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. The Council and its 67 member school districts work to help our schoolchildren meet the highest standards and become successful and productive members of society.

    About APS

    APS Facts

    89,600 students

    140 schools

    14,800 employees

    64% of students qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Meals

    18% of students are English Language Learners

    Albuquerque Public Schools is the largest school district in New Mexico, serving nearly 90,000 students and stretching across 1,200 square miles. APS is the city of Albuquerque's second largest employer, providing jobs for nearly 15,000 people.

    The APS Superintendent is Winston Brooks, who recently served as the chair of the executive board of the Council of the Great City Schools.

    APS board members are

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    Photography credits: Ron Behrmann, Marble Street Studio

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