Council of Urban Boards of Education

Highlights from CUBE's 48th Annual Conference

The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) gathered in Phoenix, AZ for CUBE's 48th Annual Conference. View highlights from the conference.

Akron Public Schools Board Member Receives 2015 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award

Alexandria, Va. (October 2, 2015) - The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award: Akron Public Schools Board Member, Reverend Dr. Curtis T. Walker Sr. . . .

“NSBA presents the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award to individuals who demonstrate long-standing commitment to the educational needs of urban school children,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “Reverend Dr. Walker through his dedication and service been an outstanding advocate and champion for student achievement in his community.”

2015 Urban School Board Excellence Award Winners are Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Lincoln Public Schools

Alexandria, Va. (October 2, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to announce the district winners of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 2015 Award for Urban School Board Excellence: Ohio’s Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Indiana’s Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools.

Each year CUBE recognizes exemplary school boards for their excellence in school board governance, ability to build civic capacity, success in closing the achievement gap and working for equity in education, and demonstrated success of academic excellence. At CUBE’s annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona, October 1-3, the winning districts had the opportunity to share their success stories and best practices, highlighting the crucial connection between effective school board governance and student achievement.

“NSBA is happy to honor Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and Lincoln Public Schools for their accomplishments and ongoing work to improve student learning in their districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association.

Urban Advocate: Urban School Board Excellence

CUBE Webinar: Using Social Media to Communicate Effectively and Responsibly

Social media communication tools have profoundly changed our lives and how we interact with one another. It’s also an inexpensive, effective tool when used responsibly. Join this session to discuss school district policy ramifications around social media as well as key strategies for using social effectively and responsibly.Join this session to discuss school district policy ramifications around social media as well a key strategies for using social effectively and responsibly. 

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:

Report of the VSBA Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments

This report is referenced in the 2015 CUBE Summer Issues Seminar session "How to Create a Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments."

Presenters: Gina Patterson, Executive Director, Virginia School Boards Association, Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent, Winchester City Public Schools, and Rodney Jordan, Board Member, Norfolk Public Schools, VA.

How to Create a Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments

In 2013, the Virginia School Boards Association devised a proactive plan to create a state Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments. The goal of the task force was to collect and share best practices, build community, and most importantly, engage local leaders in courageous conversations to improve Virginia’s public schools.

Presenters: Gina Patterson, Executive Director, Virginia School Boards Association, Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent, Winchester City Public Schools, and Rodney Jordan, Board Member, Norfolk Public Schools, VA

A Shared Discussion on Leadership for Equity

Explore the responsibilities and crucial roles elected officials play in bringing forward solutions for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for every child with a specific focus on underrepresented students.

Presenter: Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)

Racial Equity Development: Enacting District-wide Policy

The most imperative responsibility for each public educational district in our nation is to provide every student with a high quality, free, equitable and public education. Courageous educational leaders move districts and schools toward creating and implementing systems that will ensure educational and racial equity for every student, in every classroom, every day.

Presenters: Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent, Roanoke City Public Schools, VA and Ms. Mae G. Huff, School Board Member, Roanoke City Public Schools, VA

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