National Center for Urban School Transformation

Excellence Awards

Each year NCUST holds it’s National Excellence in Urban Education Education symposium, part of which is an awards ceremony to acknowledge and reward outstanding urban school who have raised the bar for urban schools everywhere.


For many educators the symposium is an important step in the journey to transforming their schools and achieving academic excellence.

Best Practices

NCUST is committed to deepening understandings of the critical issues that impede or promote the transformation of teaching and learning in urban schools.

A+ Network

Some urban districts are committed to creating truly outstanding schools that achieve results similar to or greater than the results achieved by NCUST Award-Winning Schools. NCUST is honored to work with teams of principals and district leaders from these districts on a regular basis.

2016 Symposium

Photos from the 2016 National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium in San Diego, CA



Joseph F. Johnson Jr., Ph.D.
Joseph F. Johnson Jr., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Lynne G. Perez, Ph.D.
Lynne G. Perez, Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Karen Jones
Karen Jones
Director of Operations
Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
Media Marketing/ Graphic Design


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