Summer Issues Seminar 2014

CUBE Summer Issues Seminar, July 17-19, Chicago

The Brown Imperative: Excellence, Equity, and Unity

General Sessions

Living a Legacy

Born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Consuelo Kickbusch overcame poverty, discrimination and illiteracy to become the successful community leader she is today. Read more

“Race” Matters in Education

Superintendent Valeria S. Silva, leader of the Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) District, addresses the role of and need for racial equity in the educational setting. Read more

School Desegregation: Learn, Preserve, and Empower

AARP Virginia formed a partnership with Old Dominion University, the Virginia Conference NAACP, and the Urban League of Virginia to collect stories and historic documents detailing Virginia’s historic and often painful past during Massive Resistance and the desegregation of its public schools. Read more

The Westside Debaters

The Westside Debaters are a one-of-a-kind groundbreaking team at Westside Elementary in Roanoke, Va. The team is made up of fifth-grade students. Established four years ago, The Westside Debate Team helps students to establish and perfect confidence, articulation and presence while speaking. Read more and watch video

Why Race & Culture Matters

In this interactive session, Dr. Tyrone Howard outlines data that demonstrates the role race and culture continue to have on the educational outcomes of students in urban schools. Read more


Clinic Sessions

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. Read more

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. Read more

Improving Urban Schools: Equity and Access in K-12 STEM Education for All Students

The rate of technological innovation and change has been tremendous over the past 10 years, and this rapid increase will only continue. Read more

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. Read more


CUBE District Workshops

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. Read more


Training Leadership Workshop

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. All of the below presentations and handouts were given in this workshop.


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