Council of Urban Boards of Education

CUBE Presentation: Brown versus Board of Education - We've Come So Far

By Andrea Lawful-Trainer, Principal/CEO, C.A.P.E.S. and school board member, Abington Public Schools, PA
2014 CUBE 47th Annual Conference, Miami, Florida

CUBE Presentation: Addressing Diversity in Urban Schools

Mwangaza Michael-Bandele, Ph.D., Executive Strategist, MMB Legacy Group, LLC
2014 CUBE 47th Annual Conference, Miami, Florida

Culturally relevant teaching is a term created by Gloria Ladson-Billings (1994) to describe “a pedagogy that empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes.” This clinic addressed the challenges, academic benefits and effective strategies for implementing a culturally relevant curriculum.

CUBE Trainer: How to Govern Effectively as a Leadership Team

Presentation by Andrea Lawful-Trainer, Principal/CEO, C.A.P.E.S. and school board member, Abington Public Schools, PA.
2014 CUBE 47th Annual Conference, Miami, Florida

In these ever-changing times for public schools, attracting the best possible candidates for the job is a must for the benefit of all involved. Come and learn what crucial roles a school board plays in the success of their school district through excellent governance of themselves.

CUBE Backgrounder - April 2014

Summary

Five different legal cases challenging racial segregation in U.S. schools were combined under the title, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. The others: Bolling v. Sharpe - Washington, D.C.; Briggs v. Elliott - Clarendon County, South Carolina; Gebhart v. Belton - Claymont and Hockessin, Delaware, and Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County - Virginia. 

Students to lead civil rights discussion on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday

On January 15, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Rochester City School and Cisco Systems, Inc., in conjunction with the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) and the Council of Great City Schools, will provide school districts across the county an opportunity to participate in a rich discussion of civil rights issues. Featured during the web-event, 8-12th grade students from nine participating schools across the country will explore themes in Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in historic and current contexts.

Fed Up Panel Presentation: Dr. Lillian Rivera

For the first time, American children are slated to live a shorter life span than their parents. “What is particularly tragic is that studies have suggested that obesity in children today may contribute to a two - to five-year decline in their life expectancy due to obesity-related diseases that are largely preventable with the appropriate nutrition.”

Fed Up Panel Presentation: Richard Carranza

For the first time, American children are slated to live a shorter life span than their parents. “What is particularly tragic is that studies have suggested that obesity in children today may contribute to a two - to five-year decline in their life expectancy due to obesity-related diseases that are largely preventable with the appropriate nutrition.”

Bridging the Urban Digital Divide Presentation

The digital divide, in brief, is the gap between people who have access to computer technology and people who don't. It appears that, even as record numbers of Americans go online, the gap may be growing. Before it can be closed, the questions of who is caught in it—and why—must be answered. This clinic examines the digital divide and hear about how one district addressed the challenge through innovative thinking and implementation of best practices.

Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Equitable Learning Opportunities for Children

Education policies have helped promote advances in student achievement in the past two decades, but not yet at a level suitable to prepare a U.S. workforce with the skills and knowledge demanded by universities and employers in a global economy. In some urban school districts, more than half of all students will drop out before earning their diploma. American students, more generally, are lagging behind many of our international competitors in college attendance and completion rates.

Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps in Urban School Districts

One of the most vexing problems in American education is the achievement gap. Schools and districts across the country are tackling the problem in different ways. This clinic will address key areas of education that contribute to both the challenges and the solutions of the achievement gap for minority students in urban school districts. It will also examine the systems in which our districts, schools and classrooms operate and ask what the systems themselves are doing to close the achievement gap for minority students.

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