Events

CUBE Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, Oct. 1
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration

Location: Regency Ballroom Coat Check

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast and Overview of School Site Visit 

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by:

9:00 a.m.

Buses Depart from Monroe Street

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

School Site Visit: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community School

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Schools was established by Tribal Ordinance in 2000 as part of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s long range Educational Plan . Since 2000, the Community Schools have experienced explosive growth marked by the opening of Salt River High School in 2004 and achieving national accreditation for Salt River Elementary School and Salt River High School . We will have an opportunity to visit three schools sites in this Indian Community:

  • Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) – Head Start & Child Care
  • Salt River Elementary School (SRES) - BIE Funded Grant School
  • Salt River High School (SRHS)
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch

Location: Regency Ballroom

1:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Van Henri White, CUBE Chair and Board President Rochester City Schools, NY

Location: Regency Ballroom

1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Leadership Training Workshop

Doing More with Less - Budgetary Resourcefulness in Urban School Districts

Presenters
Megan TraumHarium Martin-MorrisKen Gotsch

Megan Traum, Director, Strategic School Design & Academic Budgets, Cleveland Metropolitan Schools Harium Martin-Morris, Board Member, Seattle Public Schools; Ken Gotsch, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Finance, Seattle Public Schools

In an era of aggressive public education reform, it is important to ask not only whether new initiatives are effective in raising student achievement, but also how they can best maximize current investments in teaching and learning. While school districts ideally should use comprehensive information systems to develop data-driven budgets that link school spending to desired educational outcomes, examples of this practice are rare. Instead, school budget models have been mostly constructed piecemeal over decades to meet the increasing demands, and conflicting priorities, of the modern education system. This session is intended to push school leaders to take a more deliberative approach to school budgeting that includes: setting goals; analyzing spending patterns; building consensus on an effective approach; choosing the right budget model; and tracking costs. This session will also provide attendees with practical and useful information to help shape their resource decision making.

Location: Regency Ballroom

Afternoon programming and reception sponsored by:

GCA Education Services logo

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Break

4:45 p.m.

Adjournment

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Location: Garden Terrace

Friday, Oct. 2
5:30 a.m.

Buses Depart from Monroe Street for 5K Run/Walk

6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

5K Run/Walk

Sponsored by:
Humana Vitality logo

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Buffet Breakfast and Task Force Presentation

Location: Regency Ballroom Foyer

Breakfast and morning programming sponsored by:

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Location: Regency Ballroom

Van Henri White, Chair, CUBE Steering Committee; Dr. Timothy L. Ogle, Executive Director, ASBA; Marie S. Bilik
Deputy Executive
Director, NSBA

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

General Session

Broader Bolder Approach to Education

Dr. Pedro Noguera

Dr. Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University

With student poverty at record high levels, there is a critical need for comprehensive supports to offset the multiple disparities impeding many children's ability to strive toward higher standards. The Broader Bolder Approach to Education is a national campaign that acknowledges the impact of social and economic disadvantage on schools and students and proposes evidence-based policies to improve schools and remedy conditions that limit many children’s readiness to learn.  During this session, Dr. Noguera will highlight meaningful strategies and approaches to facilitate teaching and learning in economically disadvantaged school districts.

Location: Regency Ballroom

Book signing opportunity

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Break

Location: Regency Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by:

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Clinic Sessions

Partnerships, Not Pushouts: How School Boards Can Leverage Community Partners for Student Success

Location: Phoenix East

Learn how school board policies and coherent district strategies are essential to developing a school system that can meet the needs of all students. This session will showcase how four themes – capacity, climate, community, and cohesion represent critical elements for ensuring a strong connection between schools and communities. Examples of each theme will be presented and examined to provide board members with action steps to examine and strengthen their current community partnerships as well as to create or enhance efforts to develop a more comprehensive and cohesive education delivery model.

Presenters

Mary Kingston Roche, Director of Public Policy, Coalition for Community Schools
Dr. Analee Maestas, Vice President, Albuquerque Public Schools, NM

 

Using Your Policy-Making Authority to Eliminate Barriers for Under-Represented and Students of Color

Student demographics have changed and are continuing to change. Board policies must be reviewed to identify where they may be unintentionally hindering our students' ability to be successful. This session will assist attendees in gaining an understanding of the system, academic, family, and culture barriers that exist in our schools, and provide an informed context for thoughtful, Board policy discussions leading to the development of responsive and supportive policies.

Presenter

Mary Fertakis, Director, Tukwila School District, OH; Consultant, NSBA

Location: Phoenix West


Are You Ready for the Challenge? Rapid Turnaround vs. Sustainability

As never before schools are being held accountable for results.  School leaders must be able to guide their school teams to take the necessary actions in their school system to address inequitable practices.  Rapid school turnaround does not happen by chance but through systemic change with an intense focus on structures within the system.  This session will offer strategies to equip school board members with reshaping the educational experience for all students by shifting the culture, behavior and attitudes of the adults who provide service to the students.  Discussion topics will include Title One, Focus and Priority Designation, School Improvement Grants and ESEA Flexibility.

Presenter

Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Chief School Reform Officer/Educational Services Wayne RESA

Location: Curtis AB


Achieving Cultural Proficiency – A Leadership Perspective

In this interactive session, participants will be provided insights into leading an initiative to improve cultural proficiency in their school district. PV Schools have taken on an ambitious study to learn adult perceptions and realities, and the perceptions of students as it pertains to the cultural competence of adults. In addition, student behaviors in the areas of achievement, course selection, extra-curricular participation, attendance and discipline patterns were studied. The study provided the initial data for a district task force to identify future action steps. You will walk away from this session with specific strategies to address cultural competence in your district and the courageous leadership necessary for helping every student realize their dreams.

Presenters

Dr. James P. Lee, Superintendent, Paradise Valley Unified School District, AZ
Dr. Drew Davis, Director of Student Services, Paradise Valley Unified School District, AZ
Rita Tantilo, Director, Language Acquisition, Paradise Valley Unified School District, AZ

Location: Cowboy Artist's Room

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon and Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award

Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Rev. Curtis Walker Congratulations Rev. Curtis Walker Akron Public Schools (OH)

Join us in this celebratory luncheon to honor the recipient of the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented by CUBE, this award is given to an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to representing the educational needs of urban schoolchildren through his/her service as a local school board member.

Location: Regency Ballroom / Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CUBE State of Urban Education Address

Van Henri White, Chair, CUBE Steering Committee and Board President, Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY

Hear from CUBE's Chair as he gives a powerful, thought-provoking, and encouraging message to all board members regarding urban education today.

Location: Regency Ballroom

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

District-size Workshops

One of CUBE’s most popular sessions. In these sessions, based on your district size, you will have an opportunity to discuss with board members from around the country relevant and timely issues facing urban school districts and share best practices and policies that are working. Discussion from each of the sessions will be captured and shared with all attendees after the conference.

Small-size Urban Districts: (under 30,000)
Location: Curtis AB

Mid-size Urban Districts (30,000 – 60,000)
Location: Cowboy Artist's Room

Large-size Urban Districts (60,000 – 90,000)
Location: Phoenix East

Larger-size Urban Districts (90,000 and over)
Location: Phoenix West

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Break

Sponsored by:

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

General Session

Empowered Leaders Empower Students

Cheryl Wills, Anchor and Senior Reporter, New York One News

As an author and television journalist, Cheryl Wills ventured into the nation’s largest public school system after years of reporting on thousands of tragic news stories surrounding the killings of minority children whose lives were cut short before graduating from High School in New York City. In this motivational session, Cheryl will take you on an enlightening journey through the lens of her family’s sojourn from slavery to freedom during The Civil War. During this session, Cheryl explains how students and policy makers can be empowered by using their family history and personal struggle as a platform and motivator for success. 

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by:

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Book signing opportunity

 
5:15 p.m.

Walk to Reception Site

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

CUBE Annual Networking Reception

The Orpheum Theatre is a 1364-seat theatre in downtown Phoenix. This venue was originally used for vaudeville acts as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit.       

Enjoy an evening of networking and fun with conference attendees!

Location: Orpheum Theater

Saturday, Oct. 3
7:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration

7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

Location: Regency Ballroom Foyer

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Van Henri White, Chair, CUBE Steering Committee and Board President, Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY

Location: Regency Ballroom

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

General Session

Education Profiling: Raising Expectations To Improve Student Learning in High Poverty Schools

Facilitator

Verjeana Jacobs, Esq., President, Maryland Association of Boards of Education; Board Member, Prince George’s County Public Schools; and Member, CUBE Steering Committee

Panelists

Panelists: Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, OH, Micah Ali, President, Board of Trustees, Compton Unified School District, CA, Daniela A. Robles NBCT Teacher Retention and PD Coordinator, Balsz School District, AZ, and Jessica Roberts Gifted Resource Teacher, Roosevelt School District, AZ

Every child has the capacity to succeed in school and in life. Yet far too many children, especially those from poor and minority families, are placed at risk by school practices that are based on a sorting paradigm in which some students receive high-expectations instruction while the rest are relegated to lower quality education and lower quality futures. This panel will discuss how profiling, although at times unintentionally, can have an impact on students in high poverty schools as well as highlight practices and programs that promote equitable learning opportunities.

Location: Regency Ballroom

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

Sponsored by

10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.

General Session

What’s Working? Innovative and Practical Models for District and School-wide Reform and Improvement

Dance

Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Superintendent, Baltimore County Schools, MD

Education reform over the past several decades has focused largely on the role of school-based efforts to improve student achievement, combined with attention to changes in state and federal policy designed to assist all students in achieving high standards. A notable gap in many school improvement initiatives has been careful examination of the role of the district in leading, or impeding, change. This session will summarize the literature on the district role, with particular attention to how the district can become an effective force for improving student performance. It will also highlight the leadership and management disciplines that are applicable to the school district’s restructuring efforts.

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by:

Revolution Foods logo Blue Bird
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

CUBE Annual Award Winners Overview Session

Location: Regency Ballroom

Programming and Luncheon sponsored by:

Sodexo, Quality of Daily Life Services
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Presentation of Award

Location: The Atrium

1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Clinic Sessions

Meeting the Needs of Students with Special Needs in High Poverty Schools

Special education students in the United States make up 13 percent of public school enrollment. The majority of these students can meet the same achievement standards as other students if they are given access to the same content as their typical peers and are provided specially designed instruction, supports, and accommodations when needed. This clinic will highlight the challenges high poverty schools are facing as they try to meet the needs of special education students as well as provide attendees with key strategies for meeting the needs of these students.

Presenter

Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed., Executive Director, We the Willing, Inc.

Location: Phoenix East


Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps in High Poverty School Districts

Special education students in the United States make up 13 percent of public school enrollment. The majority of these students can meet the same achievement standards as other students if they are given access to the same content as their typical peers and are provided specially designed instruction, supports, and accommodations when needed. This clinic will highlight the challenges high poverty schools are facing as they try to meet the needs of special education students as well as provide attendees with key strategies for meeting the needs of these students.

Presenter

Dr. Frances Contreras, Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies and Co-Director of the Joint Doctoral Program, University of California San Diego, CA

Location: Phoenix West


Characteristics of Successful School Boards

School Boards continue to face significant challenges with declining funds, rising employment cost and persistent achievement gaps.  This session will identifying strategies that will create systems to support effect leadership and teaching and learning opportunities.  Participants will learn how to set goals and monitor progress; use data to make decisions about students, schools and leaders;  understand the needs in the district to ensure equitable program offerings; develop relationships with superintendents, teachers and building leaders to maintain a  commitment to student success.

Presenter

Dr. Stephanie Burrage, Chief School Reform Officer/Educational Services Wayne RESA

Location: Curtis AB


The Family and Cultural Connection

In this session with Mesa Public Schools’ programs and experience being the backdrop, best practices and learnings about the powerful impact of family and cultural connections on student engagement, achievement and personal success will be explored. The importance of developing resources through community partnerships will also be discussed.

Presenter

Theresa Price, Director of Native American Education Program, Mesa Public Schools, AZ

Location: Cowboy Artist's Room

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break

Sponsored by:

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing General Session

Keys to Effective Leadership: What does courageous leadership mean to you?

Jacob Chavez headshotDr. Jacob A. Chavez, Superintendent, Cartwright School District #83, Phoenix, AZ

What does courageous leadership mean to you? Think about those obstacles that keep you from making changes that support students in achieving their dreams. What are the questions you need to ask yourself as a leader in order to pave the way to success for all students in your respective schools ---- in spite of the obstacles? Learn about leadership lessons that will help you ascertain where you are; identify where you want to go; and negotiate the curves, detours, and hurdles between the two points.

Location: Regency Ballroom

Sponsored by:

4:00 p.m.

Final Comments and Adjournment

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