Call for Proposal Information

Welcome to the Council of Urban Boards of Education Annual Conference 2019 Call for Proposals Site

Attention School Districts, Educators, Advocates!!!

The deadline to submit your proposal is April 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.


Since its inception, the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) has advocated for urban school boards and the students they serve.  Brown v. Board of Education was decided over 60 years ago, but barriers to making a world class public education available to all students persist.  Biases, both conscious and implicit, continue to hamper our children’s educational access and opportunity.  The needs of too many children in poverty, children of color, children with diverse cultures, backgrounds, and differing abilities are not being met.

What We Are Looking For

CUBE is seeking submissions from school districts, and other organizations (including corporations) for the 2019 Annual Conference, scheduled for September 26-28, 2019 in Miami, Florida.  Corporations should please refer below to the “Submitting Your Proposal” section for specialized guidelines.

We seek high-quality and engaging breakout sessions that focus on topics of critical interest to school board members, school administrators and education advocates from across the country.  Breakout sessions will be 75 minutes in length, including Q and A.    Our conference attendees are seeking information, skills, and strategies to help them govern effectively as part of a leadership team.

This convening is an opportunity to learn from and engage other educational leaders.  Last year this national conference drew over 500 school board members, superintendents, and educational leaders from across the country.  Our 2018 sessions included the following:

--- Engaging Parents as Partners Through Academic Parent Teacher Teams

--- How to Create a 21st Century Safe School

--- Perspectives and Experiences of Women of Color in the Superintendency

--- Ensuring the Success of Male Students of Color Across Educational Sectors

--- Using NAEP Data to Explore Equity in Education

Selection Criteria

We will be looking for sessions that:

  • Build strength and fitness of educators to tackle complex issues in education
  • Describe successful models, practices and strategies for achieving equity that can be replicated
  • Expand the knowledge base of attendees
    • Raise awareness of basic educational equity principles
    • Identify specific evidence-based policies, practices, programs that demonstrate success in addressing inequities
  • Incorporate data driven content appropriate for all levels -- new and experienced board members, educators, advocates
  • Encourage audience participation and engagement
  • Enrich the conversation around educational equity

As you develop proposed sessions for our review, consider that the NSBA Board of Directors has defined educational equity as follows:

We affirm in our actions that each student can, will, and shall learn.  We recognize that based on factors including but not limited to, disability, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, students are deprived of equitable educational opportunities.  Educational equity is the intentional allocation of resources, instruction, and opportunities according to need, requiring that discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs be identified and eradicated.

Please also review the following information before submitting your proposal: 

  • It is strongly advised that presentations include at least one school board member as part of the panel of presenters.
  • Districts submitting proposals must be members in good standing of their respective state school boards association.
  • Breakout sessions will be 75 minutes in length, and should include time for Q and A.
  • Sessions that we select will be scheduled at various times throughout the conference.
  • Please do not submit a proposal unless you can present your session any time during the conference.
  • Please do not type any part of your proposal in all capital or lowercase letters, do not use acronyms or abbreviations, and please do not send any attachments or supplemental materials--they will not be reviewed.
  • Each organization can only submit two proposals total – NOT two per employee of the organization.
  • All presenters must pay conference registration fees and have a registration badge.  Registration fees are $650 for non-CUBE members and $550 for CUBE members.  Please explain this policy to your co-presenters.  There are no presenter registration discounts available.
  • We cannot pay an honorarium or expenses for presenting breakout sessions at the CUBE Annual Conference but hope the intangible benefits of being a part of our educational programming make the effort worthwhile for presenters.
  • This conference is a noncommercial forum.  Under no circumstances may a session be used for direct promotion of a product, service, or monetary self-interest.  Sales pitches disguised as presentations will not be considered.

Submitting Your Proposal

The deadline to submit your proposal is April 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. NSBA will only consider timely proposals submitted through the online process.  

  • The individual submitting the proposal will serve as the primary contact for NSBA and must have a valid email address and phone number.  We expect that the individual submitting the proposal is directly connected to the proposal either by being one of the session participants who will present the material or because he/she works for/represents an individual who is named as the session presenter.
  • The individual submitting the proposal is responsible for communicating with co-presenter(s) regarding acceptance or rejection, deadlines, registration fees, and all other submission details.
  • Only two submissions per organization/school district are allowed.
  • All presenters for an approved session must be registered for the conference by July 1, 2019.  Failure to register by the deadline will result in cancellation of the approved session.

PLEASE NOTE: Corporations

  • Please note that this RFP process is limited to CUBE members, other public school districts and state associations. 
  • Under no circumstances will session proposals from corporations be accepted through this process.
  • Companies interested in conducting educational sessions must be currently (or working towards) exhibiting or sponsoring at the 2019 CUBE Annual Conference.  Exhibitors/Sponsor status will be confirmed during the review process.  Companies must submit proposals directly to the NSBA Business Development Team, to Damien Delgado.



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