My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for National Urban Alliance For Effective Education Inc, Syosset, NY, USA
NUA was a subcontractor on a multi-million dollar federal grant obtained by the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2005 to 2010. They provided extensive professional development to 100s of Birmingham City Schools teachers and principals. The grant was obtained under my leadership as dean of the UAB School of Education and I was intimately involved in the details of the grant operations.
The NUA leadership and their consultants showed passion and commitment throughout their work. Their deep understanding of how teachers and principals could change the direction of teaching and learning in urban schools was truly outstanding and the delivery of the professional development they offered matched their understanding.
The consultants as a group had extraordinary capacity to bring teachers specific strategies for allowing students to develop the confidence to move directly to acceleration instead of persisting in remediation, both in attitudes towards school and in direct educational outcomes.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have worked directly with NUA during their engagement in Birmingham and have attended and spoken at their national Teaching for Intelligence conferences.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Encourage them to engage an unbiased research effort at quantifying the outcomes of their work. An ongoing formative, quantitative evaluation of their fieldwork would be invaluable.
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How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?
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How did you find this group?
I started by discovering their website during a Google search on urban education issues. I ended going to some training sessions where I met and engaged with their leadership (Eric Cooper, Yvette Jackson, and Gerry Lauber). We discovered a mutual passion for attacking urban education issues in similar ways and developed an extraordinary professional relationship during our work together.
What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?
I put off retirement to take new looks at urban education after our grant work was ended. Their zeal and passion for the work pushed me to new avenues in my own work and life.
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