ACTS worked with University leaders from across the City and Baltimore City Schools officials to convene the Consortium in June 2012. Its aim is to coordinate, generate, and facilitate partnerships between university partners and public schools for the benefit of Baltimore’s children. The Consortium for Urban Education (CUE) provides a meeting point for dialogue between Baltimore City Schools and University leaders – where ideas can be shared, challenges addressed, and priorities set – allowing for alignment between the resources being brought to bear by University partners and the needs and interests identified by City Schools leadership.
The Consortium (CUE) has developed a broad Teacher Excellence agenda, with immediate focus on the hiring process, induction and support for first-year teachers. A collective initiative to enhance college access and success is in development, as well.
The Consortium is currently composed of an Executive Council, comprised of two leaders from each institution of higher education, appointed by their presidents, and three members of the cabinet of Baltimore City Schools, named by the CEO. There is an Operations Committee with up to 9 members, and a Treasurer. As the “backbone organization,” ACTS facilitates the work of the Consortium.
- Baltimore City Community College
- Baltimore City Schools
- Coppin State University
- Goucher College
- Johns Hopkins University
- Loyola University of Maryland
- Maryland Institute College of Art
- Morgan State University
- Notre Dame of Maryland University
- Towson University
- University of Baltimore
- University of Maryland Baltimore
- University of Maryland Baltimore County
Executive Council Co-Chairs:
- Chief Academic Officer, Baltimore City Schools
- Joseph Wood, Provost, University of Baltimore
Work groups of City Schools staff and faculty and staff from institution of higher education meet monthly to collaborate on projects and discuss opportunities for partnership. Faculty and staff from any college or university are welcome to join a work group that fits their interests or professional focus.
The work is currently being conducted in five Work Groups: College Access, Civic Engagement, Family Engagement, STEM, and Teacher Excellence. Cross-cutting initiatives on teacher excellence and college access and success unite the work of the groups in collective impact.
For more information about any group, please contact the CUE Director. You can view a calendar of ACTS events, including CUE meetings here.
1st Annual Forum
The CUE Forum offers an opportunity to gather all members of the Consortium, along with stakeholders from across the city, to share ideas, showcase work, and plan for future projects. Notes are available from the first annual forum, held on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014.