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Core Values

Critical Conversations in Urban Education (CCUE)

Social justice and Equity

We work toward activism and change where inequities and injustices exist in urban educational settings and systems. We believe in taking a systemic approach to create individual and societal change that supports the value, dignity and opportunity of every person.


We ground our work in asset-based language, frameworks, and positionalities.  We challenge deficit perspectives and see through the lens of possibilities and solutions. 


We promote inclusive contexts for learning and teaching.  We seek out and celebrate multiple perspectives and voices.  We are interdisciplinary in our approach, recognizing intersectionality and diverse bodies of knowledge (across disciplines in the academy, community, practitioners).


We believe that language is a site of struggle, in that words are coded in layers of meaning.  The same word can be used to convey different ideas and emotions, to and for different groups of people. Connected to this, we believe that words have the power to define and frame reality.  The words that we use to communicate our ideas shape how we see social problems, opening the doors to some possible solutions while closing the doors on others.  For these reasons, we believe honest and authentic discussion about critical educational issues is necessary to unpack language and lead to shared meaning.  We believe the collective consideration of social issues can generate consensus, lead to action, and result in meaningful and transformative change in urban schools.

Lifelong and Life-wide

We define education broadly to include pre-K-12, post-secondary, workforce development, and community development.

Bridging Research and Practice

We believe that research and practice go hand and hand and therefore that research informs practice and practice informs research. We value multiple ways of knowing.  We assume an epistemological stance that sees knowledge as a collectively constructed and collaboratively generated. We believe the role of the modern urban university is to relentlessly seek new information and partner in bold ways with diverse stakeholders such as, schools and communities, to apply that learning.