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The Urban Connection Project is an organization that is centered around raising the odds of success for all students, however we specialize in the education of inner-city youth through Culturally Responsive Teaching. Our education consultants are passionate about raising up our next generation of leaders to be accountable, trustworthy, critically thinking individuals who can keep our nation globally competitive. We believe that some of the greatest minds are waiting to be recognized and nurtured to maximum potential through their daily experiences. Educators have the single-most direct impact on the youth and therefore systems of structure must be in place in management and instruction in order to meet students where they are and assist them in getting to a level of mastery and excellence.
Raising the Odds of Success through Culturally Responsive Teaching
"We felt a sense of comfort with The Urban Connection Project after just one session. The tone and personalities of the presenters allowed and supported collaboration amongst the staff. From what I experienced, I really feel like our partnership will add value and improvement to the teachers’ craft and promote growth!"
“I wanted to thank both of you for sharing your ideas with us this past Friday. As mentioned, I was a little skeptical about our planned session but after spending time with the two of you, I am now enlightened. The old saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, is certainly not true in this case. I am excited about learning new strategies then implementing them. Thanks to both of you for your refreshing insight and knowledge of not only specific content areas but education as a whole. Your dedication to education and to our youth is very apparent. ”
“The Urban Connection Project is helping the Campbell Elementary school community support our goal/focus to improve student-staff relationships. We recognized that we were suspending too many students who were challenging our teachers. We knew that we should be doing better and recognized the importance of supporting a restorative justice ideology when revising our continuous improvement plan. The Urban Connection Project has been supporting our teachers by first exploring/recognizing established counter productive patterns of student-teacher interaction for the purpose of generating ideas/strategies for moving to an improved relationship. This relationship is then supported with curriculum review/purposeful development as another means for making "connections" with all learners to make curriculum more relevant, particularly for those most at risk. With the support of The Urban Connection Project, our teachers are better supporting students at risk, exploring and refining practices and curriculum, and ultimately reducing disciplinary referrals/lost instructional time. It's a win-win process that is building community.”
- facilitate customizable professional development on a topic of need based on observations, data and stakeholder input at the district, school, or university/college level
- mentor teachers through observation, as well as collaborative planning & reflection in a one-on-one or cohort setting
- provide an outside source perspective of current school needs and collaborate to create a realistic plan of refinement
- write and create products for purchase that utilize our expertise to support teacher development
- community outreach (e.g., we coach and manage a nationally competitive, club basketball team for a group of inner-city boys)
"The discussion was relevant and very on point with the issues regarding teachers and students in today's classrooms. The pre-service teachers were very engaged and eager to participate in a rich discussion on classroom management and the impact teachers have on student behavior. Videos, graphic organizers and structured dialogue were just some of the different approaches used in the presentation. I look forward to attending other presentations The Urban Connection Project has to offer!
College of Education Professor
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