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CUBE Task Forces

About CUBE Task Forces

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CUBE Summer Issues Seminar attendees engage in discussions about issues affecting urban school districts.

The CUBE Task Forces will focus on six task areas:

The Task Force chairs will facilitate timely discussions about important issues for urban school districts, including topics such as standardized testing, school takeovers, and common core curricular standards, and will adopt one issue on which to focus. This issue will be the centerpiece around which a resource for urban school districts will be developed in coming months.

Task Force Members are charged with developing a resource for CUBE districts, such as a webinar, policy recommendations for consideration or special project. Task force members are meeting by conference call, and will also convene for a brief meeting in person at the CUBE events.

CUBE Task Forces

Charter Schools Impact on Urban Education

This task force will explore ways to prepare school board members with the knowledge to address the ever evolving landscape of charter schools. The goal is to provide a resource guide that answers school board members’ questions.

Co-Chair

Byron Amos
bamos@atlanta.k12.ga.us
Atlanta Public Schools

Co-Chair

Minnie Forte-Brown
minnie.forte-brown@dpsnc.net
Durham Public Schools

Staff Support

Lucy Berrier, Program Lead, Equity Program, Equity Programs
lberrier@nsba.org


Communications

This task force is committed to helping board members better communicate with their constituents by identifying strategies that build a more positive school image and garners support in the community.

Chair

Van Henri White
van.white@thelegalbrief.com
Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY

Staff Support

Lucy Berrier, Program Lead, Equity Program, Equity Programs
lberrier@nsba.org


Governance and Training

The focus of this task force is to identify school board development opportunities that support characteristics of effective school boards and to share the best practices of urban school boards that demonstrate effective habits.

Chair

Verjeana Jacobs
verjeana.jacobs@pgcps.org
Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, MD

Staff Support

Lucy Berrier, Program Lead, Equity Program, Equity Programs
lberrier@nsba.org


Policy Development

To develop and serve as a clearinghouse for policies that influence important issues for urban school districts. The goals of the task force are as follows:

  • Draft and disseminate model policy to board members and districts who are seeking assistance in policy development.
  • Promote the ideals, best practices and strategies that support excellence and equity in urban education through the use of effective policymaking.

Chair

Keith Suttton
Kasutton@wcpss.net
Wake County Public School System, Cary, NC

Staff Support

Lucy Berrier, Program Lead, Equity Program, Equity Programs
lberrier@nsba.org


Racial Isolation

This task force considers the issue of racial isolation in urban schools and examines the education and policy ramifications surrounding issues of race, including the minority achievement gap, desegregation, the disproportionate number of minorities assigned to special education classes and the disproportionate representation of minority students disciplined. The goal is to equip urban school board members with the latest research and suggested policies that help prevent student isolation based on race.

Chair

Caroll Turpin
cturpin@pontiac.k12.mi.us
Pontiac Public Schools, Pontiac, MI

Staff Support

Lucy Berrier, Program Lead, Equity Program, Equity Programs
lberrier@nsba.org


Urban Student Achievement

The focus of this task force is to study the achievement gap between urban students and their non-urban counterparts, exploring strategies that are improving student achievement, and bringing attention to successful urban schools.

Chair

Ericka Ellis-Stewart
Ericka.Ellis-Stewart@cms.k12.nc.us
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC

Staff Support

Lucy Berrier, Program Lead, Equity Program, Equity Programs
lberrier@nsba.org

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