Latest Publications

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    Building Safer Schools and Communities: Findings and Recommendations from the Joint Task Force on School Safety and Justice
    This document proposes new and innovative approaches to reducing incidents of violence in schools and communities with a focus on shifting mindsets and reframing relationships and practices related to schools, police, and communities.
    25 pages
    November 2023
    Between the Lines: Large City Performances on NAEP Over the Last 20 Years (2002-2022)
    The purpose of this brief is to understand differences in student performance between large cities and students nationally over the last 20 years, from 2002 through 2022, as well as after the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also detail the possibilities of large city performance in the years to come.
    46 pages
    October 2023
    Managing for Results in America's Great City Schools, 2023, Results from Fiscal Year 2021-2022
    In 2002 the Council of the Great City Schools and its members set out to develop performance measures that could be used to improve business operations in urban public school districts.
    190 pages
    October 2023
    The Role of Race in College Admissions Applications Q&A
    On June 29, 2023, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling changing its prior interpretation of how race can play a role in college admissions. The plaintiffs in the case were represented by “Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA),” a nonprofit organization that filed separate lawsuits against Harvard College and the University of North Carolina.
    2 pages
    October 2023
    Supporting Excellence: A Framework for Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a High-Quality District Curriculum
    This 2nd edition of Supporting Excellence: A Framework for Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining a High-Quality District Curriculum is designed to help districts: determine the quality and alignment of curriculum guidance to clarify the district’s learning expectations at each grade-level with a focus on student assets and diverse learners.
    112 pages
    September 2023
    Annual Report, 2022-2023
    The Annual Report features the activities and achievements of the Council of the Great City Schools during the 2022-23 program year.
    24 pages
    July 2023
    A Framework for Foundational Literacy Skills Instruction for English Learners: Instructional Practice and Materials Considerations
    English learners (ELs) need a comprehensive and connected approach to foundational literacy skills development that involves grade-level instruction by teachers who build on the linguistic repertoire of ELs, teaching how the English language system works to convey meaning. This document rethinks English foundational skills instruction—explicating the research, explaining what teachers should know, and providing considerations for designing and selecting instructional materials.
    80 pages
    May 2023
    Great City Schools Step Up to Meet the Needs of Refugee Children
    In May of 2022, the Council of the Great City Schools brought together bilingual directors, educators, and staff from big-city member districts and invited them to share the work they had done and continue to do on behalf of newcomers and refugee students and their families. In addition to providing newcomer aid, instruction, and social services to the new arrivals, attendees reported helping families find housing and coordinating community services.
    4 pages
    May 2023