Summer Issues Presenters

CUBE Summer Issues Seminar, July 23-25, Savannah, GA

Phillip Hartley

Phillip L. Hartley, Managing Partner, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP, Gainesville, Georgia and General Counsel for the Georgia School Boards Association

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys: Leadership in Legal Advocacy for Public Schools

Phillip L. Hartley graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 1976 and then obtained his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Georgia Law School in 1979. He was a member of the Georgia Law Review, Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa. After law school, he immediately began to practice law, including representing school districts, and in 1980, he became a founding partner in the law firm of Harben & Hartley.

Mr. Hartley has served as lead counsel in numerous cases involving Georgia’s school districts in the federal and state courts. In the firm’s capacity as general counsel to the Georgia School Boards Association, he works closely with GSBA, the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders to respond to and shape legislative and policy issues that affect public education in the state. Known for presentations on school law to a wide variety of audiences, he has also written extensively in the area including the coordination of the firm’s creation and maintenance of the eLaw online service provided by GSBA.


Lester Johnson

Lester B. Johnson, III, Assistant School Board Attorney, Savannah-Chatham County Public School system, and Chair of the Georgia Council of School Attorneys

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys: Leadership in Legal Advocacy for Public Schools

Mr. Johnson, who earned his law degree from the University of Miami, was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1979. He has been engaged in private law practice for more than 30 years. He has served as Savannah’s assistant city attorney since 1982 and as attorney for the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System since 1991. He is the current president of the Georgia School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys and in 1996-97 was the first African-American president of the Savannah Bar Association.


Rodney Jordan

Rodney Jordan, Board Member, Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia

How to Create a Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments

Rodney Jordan is a Digital Inclusion Visionary and Technology Consultant. Mr. Jordan was among the premier recipients of the Influencers and Innovators of the Internet and Technology award given by the Marketing and Opportunities in Black Entertainment organization (MOBE). Mr. Jordan and his work have been cited in such publications as The New York Times, Black Enterprise, Emerge, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and USA Today for his accomplishments in bringing business and culture to the Internet.

As a Director of Community Impact at One Economy Corporation, a global non-profit organization that leverages the power of technology and connects underserved people around the world to vital information that will improve their lives, Mr. Jordan was actively involved with implementing One Economy and the Broadband Opportunity Coalition’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) Sustainable Broadband Adoption project, the largest such project in the country. Mr. Jordan also led One Economy efforts associated with Cisco System’s 21st Century Schools program – a $40 million investment by Cisco in Louisiana and Mississippi – whose primary goal was to improve and expand learning opportunities for students by integrating technology into everyday classroom activities.

Mr. Jordan has been an invited speaker to several seminars and conventions. He served as a participant on Black Enterprise Magazine’s first Technology Roundtable. And, Inside Business Hampton Roads named him one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in 2001, and in 2011 & 2012 included him on their Hampton Roads 75 “Power List.” In 1987, Mr. Jordan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Hampton Institute (University), Hampton, Virginia. Mr. Jordan was appointed to the Norfolk Public Schools Board (Va) on July 01, 2013. He is the proud father of two daughters who both attend Norfolk Public Schools.


Mark Lineburg

Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent, Winchester City Public Schools

How to Create a Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments

Mark Y. Lineburg is superintendent of schools in Winchester, Virginia. He has served as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. As superintendent of Bristol, Virginia Public Schools, Mark was selected Region VII Superintendent of the Year and was recognized by the Virginia Education Association with the President’s Award of Distinction. Mark has particular interest in issues related to poverty, law, and health and wellness; and has conducted professional development on all of these topics.

Dr. Lineburg has spoken at national and state conferences on issues ranging from student drug testing to use of school resource officers. Mark recently co-authored a book with Eye on Education publishers titled Educating Students in Poverty: A Guide for Leaders and Teachers. Mark serves as an adjunct professor for Old Dominion University and Va. Tech.


Gina Patterson

Gina Patterson, Executive Director, Virginia School Boards Association

How to Create a Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments

Gina has been with the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) for 17 years. she has held several positions with the association including Director of Membership Services, Assistant Executive Director, and Deputy Executive Director. Gina was promoted to Executive Director for the association in March of 2013.


Dr. Brian Perkins

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

Selecting Your Superintendent: Strategies for Selecting and Retaining a High-Quality Candidate

Dr. Brian K. Perkins is the Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program at Columbia University Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership. Dr. Perkins has reorganized the UELP under a dynamic new conceptual framework. He is the former Chair and Professor of Education Law and Policy at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Perkins is a distinguished Yale alumnus and was named a Timothy Dwight Fellow in 2004.

Dr. Perkins was the President of the New Haven (CT) Board of Education where he served for 11 years. He also served for four years on the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association. Dr. Perkins served two terms as national chair for CUBE: Council of Urban Boards of Education and was the chair for the National Black Caucus of School Board Members. Dr. Perkins was also the national chair of the Leadership for Healthy Communities initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Perkins currently serves as an executive leadership consultant to Escola SESC in Esino Medio in Rio de Janeiro and provides consulting services to the Municipal Secretariat of Education in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Perkins received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Grambling State University, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Yale University School of Medicine and his Doctor of Education Degree from Columbia University Teachers College. He has a graduate certificate in executive coaching from the Columbia Business School. Dr. Perkins is a registered provider of continuing education for school board members by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and a nationally certified principal mentor by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.


Dr. Andre Perry

Dr. Andre Perry, Principal, A.M. Perry Consulting

Supporting Reform: The Role of the Board of Education

On July 1, 2013, Dr. Andre Perry became the Founding Dean of Urban Education at Davenport University. Dr. Perry is responsible for planning and launching Davenport’s new College of Urban Education. Prior to, Perry served as the CEO of the Capital One-University of New Orleans Charter Network, which was comprised of four charter schools in New Orleans. In 2010, Perry served on Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu’s Transition Team as the co-chair of the Education Taskforce.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Perry earned his Ph.D. in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland College Park. His research and teaching interests are college access and retention, charter schools and immigrant educational rights. In 2011, UNO Press released his book, The Garden Path: The Miseducation of the City.

Dr. Perry has been featured on NBC, CNN, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera America, and The New Republic. He’s contributed to the CNN specials Race and Justice in America: Hidden Bias as well as Bullying: No Escape – both hosted by Anderson Cooper. He appeared on NBC’s Education Nation as a featured panelist. Dr. Perry has also made numerous appearances on CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Perry is a columnist for the Washington Post and the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization focused on producing in-depth education journalism. Dr. Perry is a sought after speaker as he has spoken at numerous national vents including: the National Urban League Annual Conference, The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, Essence Festival and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.


Dr. David Stovall

Dr. David Stovall, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Educational Policy Studies

The Role of Supportive School Environments in Promoting Academic Success

David Stovall is Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His scholarship investigates Critical Race Theory, concepts of social justice in education, the relationship between housing and education, and the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that address issues of social justice. He also works with a collective of college professors in California, Arizona, and New York who teach high school courses in addition to their duties and responsibilities as university faculty.

He is a member of the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School design team, which opened in the Fall of 2005, where he also serves as a volunteer social studies teacher. Professor Stovall is a founding member of Chicago Grassroots Curriculum Taskforce, a local collective of school and community-based educators with the specific goal of disseminating and creating K-16 curriculum for Chicago residents and future teachers, and a member of I-SEED (Institute for Sustainable Economic and Educational Development), a national/international collective of youth, K-16 educators, and community activists aimed at developing sustainable economic and educational plans for historically marginalized, under-resourced and disinvested communities. A Chicago native, Professor Stovall’s motivation for going into the field was the combination of family members, neighbors, and members of community organizations that supported him in doing educational justice work without fear of persecution.


Arturo Vargas

Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)

A Shared Discussion on Leadership for Equity

Arturo Vargas is the Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a national membership organization of Latino policymakers and their supporters governed by a 25-member Board of Directors. Arturo also serves as Executive Director of the NALEO Educational Fund, an affiliated national nonprofit organization that strengthens American democracy by promoting the full participation of Latinos in civic life. The NALEO Educational Fund’s programmatic activities include U.S. citizenship outreach and assistance, civic participation and integration, voter engagement, technical assistance to elected and appointed Latino officials, research on Latino demographic and electoral trends, and policy analysis and advocacy on access to the democratic process.

Arturo has received Hispanic Magazine’s Hispanic Achievement Award for Community Service, the National Federation of Hispanic Owned Newspapers’ Leadership Award, the National Association for Bilingual Education President’s Award, the City University of New York’s Civic Leadership Award, Univision’s Community Service Corazon Award, and the National School Board Association’s Hispanic Caucus Abrazo Award. He has been included in Hispanic Business Magazine’s List of 100 Hispanic Influentials twice, and has been named one of the 101 most influential Latinos five times by Latino Leaders Magazine.

Arturo holds a masters degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Stanford University. He is from Los Angeles and was born in El Paso, Texas.

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