President of National Urban Alliance Speaks at TEDx;Delivers Passionate Talk About Educational Equality

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Eric Cooper, the President and Founder of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), delivered an inspiring speech at TEDx, held at the Birla Public School in Doha, Qatar, in October. Dr. Cooper spoke about the power of belief and the importance of equally high expectations for all students.

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"We all have the ability to step outside the labels we are given and exceed every meager expectation that is set for us"--Dr. Cooper

Eric Cooper, the President and Founder of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), delivered an inspiring speech at TEDx, held at the Birla Public School in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Cooper spoke about the power of belief and the importance of equally high expectations for all students. Dr. Cooper contends that every child can and is entitled to succeed academically, regardless of cultural, economic, and ethnic roots.

“It was an honor to be invited to speak and to share the idea that I've dedicated my life to—ensuring that all children reach their potential. We all have the ability to step outside the labels we are given and exceed every meager expectation that is set for us,” said Dr. Cooper.

Many lessons Dr. Cooper relayed in his speech about motivating students and the role of the brain in teaching and learning stem from his work at NUA. NUA’s mission is to substantiate an irrefutable belief in the capacity of all public school children to achieve high intellectual performances. NUA’s focus is raising teacher and administrator quality through professional development that incorporates research from cognitive neuroscience on learning, teaching and leading. NUA partners with school districts to help them build their capacity to advocate community-wide responsibility for realizing the learning potential of their students.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

To view Dr. Cooper’s TEDx talk, click here.

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Based in Syosset, N.Y., and founded in 1989 at Columbia's Teachers College with The College Board, the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education provides student-focused professional development, advocacy and organizational guidance to expand and accelerate student achievement. NUA works with teachers, school administrators and communities to identify strengths to leverage the needs and break down barriers to achievement and transform schools.

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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