The American public school faces many challenges that force educators to either sink or swim. With respect to public schools in our nation’s inner-cities, many educators are drowning. Administrators are caving under the pressure of state and elected officials to establish and maintain high standardized test scores and adversely affected are teachers; many of whom have not received the mentoring, professional development and training necessary to be successful in the classroom. The Cooper Street Offense was created from one teacher’s desire to help assist inner-city school teachers by providing practical strategies for instructional application. While many of these strategies can help with teaching students everywhere, the focus of this text is for inner-city teachers and educators alike.