The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities serves as a vital resource to local school districts and educators. The center works collaboratively with local education agencies to create sustainable improvement in education. The core focus of the Center is to collaboratively plan and sustain long-term, job-embedded professional learning experiences for teachers. The center partners with local schools to conduct research on these collaborative efforts in order to further understanding what works and to explore ways to grow such efforts. The importance of the research, service, and outreach that the center provides is based on the critical need to support the success of our schools and their students.