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Relentlessly Strengthening Urban Education

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High-performing city educators and school leaders transform lives. Students, families, and communities are strengthened through highly effective school teachers and leaders. We support institutions that recruit valuable people and prepare them for urban schools.

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Current and sound research drives educational decisions. Compelling learning initiatives, community strategies, and leadership strategies need to be replicated. We share research and best practices to maximize educational effectiveness.

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Daily, urban schools are achieving tremendous academic and behavioral results.  Schools and communities benefit from utilizing these successful strategies. We celebrate these results to reinforce these outcomes and to have other institutions mimic achievements.


The Center for Urban Education Ministries (CUEM) began as the dream of a few dedicated urban educators and philanthropists seeking to support those involved in urban ministry. Charles and Mary Gundelach, Les Bayer, Richard Engebrecht, and Mel Kieschnick were instrumental  in the establishment of the Center at Concordia University, Bronxville, NY in the fall of 1980. For over 20 years, the Center provided resources through workshops and print resources for urban Lutheran educators throughout the U.S. 


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