At CUES, we have resources designed to meet the needs of schools facing the unique challenges that come with increasing “urban characteristics.” Below, you can find links to resources for urban characteristic schools, as well as detailed descriptions of common challenges.

Low Income Students

Most US Students live in or near poverty, and this may have implications for how teachers relate to the modern student. Our consultants can provide resources on understanding poverty. Would you like a PD on the work of Ruby Payne? We can do that. Would you like a group of people to participate in an online book study? We can help. We are ready to discuss your concerns, and we can provide whatever level of support you need.


Are your students under-achieving? Root causes can be multiple and complex. (Read more here.) There may not be quick fixes. But CUES is prepared to work with you long-term. Perhaps we need to address differentiated instruction, academic and behavioral interventions, student motivation and engagement, parental involvement – or maybe we need to address all of those things at once. We are prepared to find creative solutions to address those areas you decide to target.

Behavioral Concerns

How many behavioral conflicts could be avoided if adults had different strategies for responding to inappropriate behavior? We can take a system-wide approach to your behavioral concerns, from examining your interfaces and data-management, to working with teachers on de-escalation and re-teaching techniques.

English Language Learners

When districts see an increase in the number of English Language Learners, this can pose challenges for faculty with little experience in languages besides English. Maybe you are just looking for some concrete tips, or maybe you would like to explore changes to your curriculum. Whatever the case, we can support you through this kind of change.