Council of Urban Boards of Education

CUBE Participates in White House Event Honoring Latino Educators

Alexandria, Va. (Sept. 22, 2014) – The White House will honor ten Latino educators as part of its "Champions of Change" program for those whose extraordinary work is advancing the education of our next generation of Americans. Today at the White House at 10:15 a.m. EDT. Van Henri White, Chair of the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) and President of the Rochester City School Board (N.Y.), will participate in this event.

CUBE Steering Committee option to run from the floor

The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Steering Committee consists of 15 urban school board members and an immediate past chair from CUBE school districts elected by the CUBE districts. The members serve staggered three-year terms. Membership on the Steering Committee is limited to two full consecutive terms, and incumbent members whose pre- or first terms that will expire in 2017 must reapply to be considered for reelection.

CUBE District Workshop Notes

Board members of like-sized districts meet to discuss issues pertinent to urban districts, and the ways in which their respective urban school districts are responding.

  • Small-size urban districts (less than 30,000)
  • Mid-size urban districts (less than 60,000)
  • Large-size urban districts (more than 60,000)

IES Practice Guide: Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

This handout was given as an example in the "Defining Leadership for Equity in the Digital Age" Training Leadership Workshop at the 2014 CUBE Summer Issues Seminar.

Supporting Success

This handout was given as an example in the "Defining Leadership for Equity in the Digital Age" Training Leadership Workshop at the 2014 CUBE Summer Issues Seminar.

Technology Initiative Proposal Submission Form

This handout was given as an example in the "Defining Leadership for Equity in the Digital Age" Training Leadership Workshop at the 2014 CUBE Summer Issues Seminar.

Defining Leadership for Equity in the Digital Age

Technology is rapidly changing how citizens live, learn, and earn. As the nation places a priority on access to high-speed broadband networks and new digital platforms, how can urban schools ensure that they have access to infrastructure, funding, and resources to successfully integrate and leverage new technologies? A group of academic, policy, foundation, and community-based experts share public policies that can support broadband access in schools, and programs designed to assist in the expansion of community-based access.

Common Core State Standards and English Language Learners: Challenges & Opportunities for Academic Success

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) present both challenges and opportunities for English language learners (ELLs) to raise their academic performance and narrow the achievement gap. As school districts begin to adjust their programs to meet the expectations of the CCSS, they are faced with the responsibility of ensuring that English language learners (ELLs) gain access to the curriculum and develop the academic language skills required by the CCSS. This clinic will outline the benefi ts and challenges of the CCSS with respect to ELLs.

Envisioning Parental Engagement in Urban Schools

Parent involvement has increasingly been mandated as a key component of school reform, and school community relations courses (as well as standards for administrators) call for collaborating with diverse families and communities. Yet the role of school leaders in engaging parents is underdeveloped in the literature and in preparation programs. How do leaders envision parent engagement and construct their role in promoting it in urban school districts? What contextual factors enable and constrain leadership for parent engagement?

Understanding and Expecting Greatness from Children

In this presentation, Elizabeth Skinner, Ph.D., focuses not only on the learning challenges associated with poverty but also on the great opportunities that exist. The audience will be introduced to effective pragmatic approaches to improve the learning of children who live in impoverished conditions. The presentation will challenge school boards to evaluate their policies and programs to make sure they are focused on “high expectations and equity.”

Presenter: Elizabeth Skinner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Education, Illinois State University

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