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National Urban Alliance 2015 Summer Academy

NUA Summer Academy:
The Pedagogy of Confidence

Join educators from across the nation and the NUA Team in beautiful Minneapolis, MN for an academy like no other.


Join the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education for four fun-filled days of rigorous and collaborative professional learning. Schools are encouraged to send participants as a team to read, study and grow together. You will reignite your belief in the potential of all students to achieve, while restoring confidence in your own ability to inspire and teach effectively. The Summer Academy is tailored for school teams that want to accelerate learning for underperforming students.  Learn more >>

Participants will...

  • Learn practices and strategies that increase a student’s reading comprehension, resulting in deeper learning;
  • Learn effective student voice techniques that motivate and engage learners;
  • Explore critical issues in early childhood learning with a focus on development of the brain’s executive function and subsequent social, emotional and academic success for children from birth to age eight;
  • Learn collaborative processes that lead to greater community involvement for school readiness;
  • Learn key high operational practices to inspire exceptional instructional delivery;
  • Learn a wide array of leadership and instructional skills that will improve your chances for success with underperforming students; and
  • Learn collaborative practices that reduce school suspensions and expulsions of young Black males.

Who Should Attend?

  • Teachers preK-12 (separate early childhood strand)
  • Educators who are instrumental in providing services within a Black Male Project
  • Educators and community leaders

Districts/schools are advised to send participants as a team. Time will be scheduled each day for teams to develop their Action Plans.

The Academy is designed in four tiers of training with customized sessions, readings and activities:

  • Teachers preK-12 (separate early childhood strand)
  • Black Male Project educators
  • Early childhood educators
  • District level and site-based leaders

Learn strategies and practices that

  • Accelerate Reading Development
  • Increase Student Engagement and Motivation
  • Activate Student Strengths
  • Amplify Student Voice

Location and Lodging

DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place
1500 Park Place Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Ph: (952) 542-8600 |  Map & Directions

Hotel Room rate: $142/night . Please reserve room by June 15 to receive discounted rate.



  • Individual Registrations $875.
  • Group Registration (5 or more registrants from the same school/district/organization) $825 per person.