CUBE Programming

CUBE programming at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston will focus on key issues in urban school board governance and advocacy.

CUBE’s two-day programming is open to all conference attendees; separate registration and fees apply.

Saturday, April 9   
11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote Presentation - Through an Equity Lens – How Do We Advocate For Underserved Children?

Presenter: Ilyasah Al Shabazz, Activist, Motivational Speaker, and Author

Activist and advocate for children, Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of the influential Muslim American leader Malcom X, will share her advocacy work that focuses on supporting young children during a time when they are being challenged with inequities across the board.


2:15 – 4:00 p.m.

Recruiting, Preparing and Retaining the Next Generation of Urban Educators: Whose job is it anyway?

The preparation of teachers for an increasingly diverse student population has, without question, impacted the practice of Professional Teacher Preparation Programs across the country. The current focus on the achievement gap and poor graduation rates has highlighted the challenges facing urban schools and their teachers in our nation. There is growing recognition that teachers who are effectively trained to serve in urban contexts require a specialized set of knowledge, skills and dispositions. Join us as an esteemed panel of university deans address the challenges and also share what's working.

Dr. Leslie Fenwick,
Dean, Howard University School of Education




Dr. Sonya Gunnings-Moton,
Assistant Dean, Director, Urban Educators Cohort Program, College of Education, Michigan State University


Dr. Brian Perkins,
Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program, Department of Organization and Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY




Event Hand Outs:
- Fenwick Table of Contents 4/9/2016
- Fenwick Book Segment 4/9/2016

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

CUBE Urban Night Out (UNO)

After a full day of education sessions, it’s time to relax, dance, and network with fellow board members from around the country. Connect with friends and make new ones – you don’t want to miss this CUBE staple event.

Sunday, April 10
7:45 – 9:45 a.m.

CUBE Annual Business Meeting (Elections for Steering Committee) and Breakfast

During this session, CUBE districts meet to consider nominations, elect new Steering Committee members, and discuss issues of concern to the membership. Only CUBE members are eligible to vote during the Steering Committee elections. Non-CUBE districts who are interested in learning more about the work of CUBE are encouraged to register and attend this meeting.

This session is for CUBE registrants only – pre-registration and additional fee is required.

2:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Where Does Your 2016 Presidential Candidate Stand Regarding Urban Education?

Nearly 11 million students attend urban schools in America. While countless urban students are quite successful, many urban students face challenges which their suburban counterparts do not. For example, more than half of the students attending these schools live in poverty and urban schools also tend to have greater concentration of students who have challenges with the English language. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that national leaders dialogue with local leaders in urban education with regard to these challenges. If we are to "turn the page" on these unique urban challenges, our national and local leaders must be "on the same page". Join the dialogue regarding urban education and where your 2016 Presidential Candidates stands before the election.


Patte Barth

Director, Center for Public Education,


Lauren Camera

National Education Reporter,
U.S. News & World Report




Kim Lampkins

News Anchor and Senior Producer,
American Urban Radio



Ainsley Rudolfo

Executive Director of Programs and Partnerships, Equity and Access,
Division of the Senior Deputy Chancellor and School Support New York Dept. of Education



Michael Zola

Associate Executive Director, Office of Federal Advocacy & Public Policy,


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