CUBE 2021 Annual Conference

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.

Join us September 16-18 for CUBE's premier annual event, curated specifically to provide you with the tools and support you need to effect change as an empowered, impactful urban school board member.

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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. This year we are planning an in-person event with limited attendance. 

Schedule At-A-Glance


Thursday, September 16

1 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Opening Remarks 

  • State of Urban Education

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • General Session

  • Welcome Reception


Friday, September 17

8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


  • Breakfast

  • General Session—Dr. Mae Jemison
    Dr. Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician, and former NASA astronaut who became the first black woman to travel into space.

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Lunch and Networking Event 

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Breakout Session
  • Networking Event

  • Equity Awards Reception


Saturday, September 1

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


  • Breakfast

  • Breakout Session

  • Breakout Session

  • Closing Keynote Lunch and RemarkEdward 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


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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