Center for Urban Education and Policy

The Center for Urban Education and Policy (CUEP) aims to foster collaborative efforts to catalyze educational leadership from all sectors in the community and develop a core body of knowledge that can effectively guide policy and decision-making. Our vision is to mobilize the human capital and research capacities of UNF to enhance the educational experiences and life quality of young people in the urban community.



Fall 2014 dates announced for Project Breakthrough

The UNF Center for Urban Education and Policy is collaborating with the OneJax Institute and The Aspen Institute Roundtable to host another semester of training for UNF teacher education students on the implications of structural racism. Participants will include UNF teacher education students who are interning in urban schools, along with teachers and administrators from our four Urban Professional Development Schools. Please click for more information or visit the events page to RSVP for for the Awareness Seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 16th.

2nd Community Forum at Ribault High School

The Center for Urban Education and Policy held its 2nd Community Forum at Jean Ribault High School on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Among the guest speakers were UNF President John Delaney, Dean Larry Daniel, DCPS School Board member Paula Wright, DCPS Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, and West Riverside Elementary Principal Sylvia Johnson. The event drew over 100 attendees representing the leadership, faculty, staff, and students of both UNF and DCPS, and community members.  See the community forum page to learn more about the event.


Resources on Black Male Achievement

Resources on Black Male Achievement compiled for GradNation panel on April 4, 2014 at the Jacksonville Main Library. (Click link  to download the Microsoft Word document).

CUEP Strategic Planning Process Completed

The CUEP has a new strategic plan guiding our work, thanks to the contributions of our Strategic Planning Team, CUEP staff and interns, focus group participants, and nonprofit consultant Dr. Jim Penrod.


Lake Shore Middle School Teacher Receives UPDS Teacher Mini Grant Award



Congratulations to Ms. Audrey Jennings, ESE teacher at Lake Shore Middle School, who was awarded the first Urban Professional Development School Teacher Mini Grant for the 2014-15 school year! The $2,000 award will allow Ms. Jennings to purchase equipment and supplies to teach valuable life skills to students with autism and various learning disorders. Her successful proposal, “Preparing Autism/SLA (Significant Learning Academics) Students for a Supported Individual Living Environment” describes collaborating with a parent, UPDS Professor in Residence Dr. Debbie Reed, and the Stanton Prep Nutrition Club. Ms. Jennings says, “I hope this program is successful and may be used as a model for other ESE programs throughout the district.” Lake Shore Middle School is one of three autism magnet programs in Duval County Public Schools. 


Learn more about our Urban Professional Development Schools


Our Mission


The mission of the Center for Urban Education and Policy is to understand and address issues of poverty and structural racism in education and advance opportunities for everyone to succeed.  Our mission is based on understanding urban education as an evolving concept that adapts to the needs of students, families, communities and schools facing multiple challenges.