About The Urban Collaborative

The Urban Collaborative is a national network of more than 100 school districts whose leaders are committed to increasing effective and inclusive special education services. It is affiliated with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.


Our mission is to improve educational outcomes and life opportunities for children and youth with disabilities in urban schools through leadership development.

We work with school districts by sharing and influencing knowledge, research and policy to increase inclusive special education services in schools and decrease the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in classification rates, separate educational environments and disciplinary actions. We believe that improving education for children with disabilities improves education for all students.

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