CUBE 2021 Annual Conference

Registration for the September 16-18 CUBE Annual Conference has reached capacity. To join the waitlist, please email and give us your name, email address, phone number, title, and intent to register for CUBE Annual Conference.  If space opens up, you will be contacted. Space is currently still available for our other in-person event, Equity Symposium West, October 22-24 in Oklahoma City.


Keynote Speakers

Headshot of Mae Jeminson

Dr. Mae Jemison

Engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

Actor, director, and passionate community activist

Learn more about our speakers.

CUBE has convened school board members from across the nation for the past 53 years to network and share the continually evolving strategies they are using to address the unique educational challenges that exist in our nation's urban centers. Content is curated specifically to provide you with the tools and support you need to effect change as an empowered, impactful urban school board member.

Schedule At-A-Glance


Thursday, September 16

12 – 5:20 p.m. (Reception ends at 8 p.m.)

  • Lunch/Student Performance

  • Opening Remarks 

  • State of Urban Education

  • Breakout Session

  • Steering Committee Town Hall

  • Welcome Reception


Friday, September 17

9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. (Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the Awards Reception ends at 6:30 p.m.)


  • Breakfast

  • General Session—Brandon Flemming and the Atlanta students from the Harvard Debate Team

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Lunch, CUBE and Mays Awards, and Steering Committee Town Hall
  • Breakout Session
  • General Session—Keynote Speaker Dr. Mae Jemison
    Dr. Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut who became the first black woman to travel into space.

  • Councils Awards Reception


Saturday, September 18

9:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.)


  • Breakfast

  • Breakout Session

  • District Workshops

  • Breakout Sessions

  • Lunch and Closing General Session—Keynote Speaker Edward James Olmos 
    Mr. Olmos is a notable actor, director, producer, and activist who has pioneered for more diversified roles and images of Hispanics in the U.S. media.

Registration Fees

Registration for the CUBE Annual Conference has reached capacity. If you would still like to attend the event, please fill out the registration form and you will be placed on a waitlist. If space opens up, you will be contacted. Space is currently still available for our other in-person event, Equity Symposium West, October 22-24 in Oklahoma City. 

CUBE Participants, National Connection Participants, and State Association Staff   $550 
 Non-CUBE District Member*  $650
 State Association Executive Director  $0


*Included in your CUBE yearly fees, CUBE member districts receive one complimentary registration. The attendee using the complimentary registration should contact Jeff Bowers at or 703-838-6218 for the special registration code.

NSBA Safety and Health Protocols


To mitigate risk of infection during the in-person event, our safety team is discussing a range of measures such as contactless registration, physical distancing, face coverings, regular cleaning, designated entrances and exits, and seating limitations in meeting rooms. We will also promote good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer. In addition, the Atlanta Marriot Marquis has implemented a variety of new protocols and elevated practices. Read more about what you can expect during your stay there. 

We will share more information about protocols that will be in place for all participants at the conference hotel as we get closer to the event.


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