Institute for Urban School Improvement
The Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut has emerged as one of the most important graduate schools of education in the United States. With a strong, committed faculty, a diverse set of well-respected programs, and an impressive capital base driven by both grants and endowment, the school has risen rapidly in independent rankings to be recognized as one of the top graduate education programs in the United States and is the top ranked public school of education in the Northeast according to U.S. News & World Report.
In recognition of its unique strengths, the Neag School has created the Institute for Urban School Improvement to work with students, educators, school communities, academics, researchers, local and state governing bodies, community-based partners, and higher education institutions to meet the challenges and to maximize achievement in urban environments.
The focus of activities for the Institute are: schools with high concentrations of learners from a variety of ethnic, language, and socioeconomic backgrounds; characteristics of institutions, teachers, and learners that can be improved through evidence-based practices; and interventions that promote student ownership of learning and extend educational and occupational opportunities to learners in urban settings.
Assuming that education is a basic human right the goal of the Institute is to provide all children with high quality schools where education becomes a vehicle for opportunity. Within Connecticut this is accomplished through the CommPACT initiative which strives toward equity of opportunity for learning and growth in order to increase each child's odds of success.
To realize these goals, the Institute for Urban School Improvement mobilizes corporate, government, and philanthropic support in the service of defining a strategic direction that serves the mission of creating equitable opportunities for all children.