Gabriela Uro

Council of Great City Schools

Gabriela Uro is Manager for English Language Learner Policy and Research for the Council of the Great City Schools

In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Gabriela discusses the Council's initiatives focused on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation, with special attention on planning implications for English language learners. In addition, Gabriela discusses the challenges and opportunities that the CCSS offer ELL students and educators.

The full transcript of Gabriela's interview and her full biography are also available online.


Gabriela Uro is Manager for English Language Learner Policy and Research for the Council of the Great City Schools since her return to the U.S. in 2007. As part of the legislative team, she works on legislative matters relevant to ELL's, both with Capitol Hill and the Administration. She is the lead for Strategic Support Teams reviewing ELL programs in Council districts. She co-authored Succeeding with English Language Learners, an influential study that revealed systemic factors contributing to improving ELL achievement in large urban districts. She is the Council's lead for ELL issues related to the implementation of the Common Core in member districts.

Prior to joining the Council in 1997, Ms. Uro served as the Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Director of the Office of Bilingual Education (now English Acquisition) in the U.S. Department of Education and was part of the Department's Team for the 1994 ESEA Reauthorization. She joined the Clinton Administration in 1994. Prior to working at the Federal level, Ms. Uro was a education budget analyst for the California State Legislature Budget Committee and the Chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Uro received her M.P.A. from Columbia University with a specialization in Education Policy and her B.A. degree from the University of California, Irvine (magma cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). Ms. Uro was born in California and has vast experience living abroad--she grew up in Mexico City where she completed her K-12 education; studied one year in Madrid, Spain while in college; and as part of the U.S. military community, lived 4 years in Gaeta, Italy and 3 years in Lisbon, Portugal.