The districts and schools in the U.S. that have faced the greatest challenges are our urban districts. That is consistently true, regardless of section of the country. The Center for the Study of Leadership in Urban Schools is dedicated to understanding the challenges facing urban schools and districts, and to helping create solutions that allow our urban youth to succeed. The challenge is not that there are no successful urban schools; there are hundreds. The challenge is getting all schools to those high levels. This center both seeks to study successful schools, schools that aren’t successful, and the steps that leaders must take to move ever-more schools into the “successful” category. We strive to prepare principals and central office personnel to help all urban schools become successful.