One school board will be selected for its excellence in establishing and executing policies, practices and strategies that promote and enhance equitable conditions, increased access to quality instruction and improving academic outcomes and career readiness for African American students.

The winning board will receive the following benefits:

  • National recognition in NSBA programming as a school district focused on equitable outcomes.
  • Complimentary NSBA Annual Conference Registration and travel expenses (up to $750 per person) for one board member and the district superintendent.
  • Recognition and presentation at the prestigious National Black Council Luncheon April 8, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 PM at the National School Board’s Annual Conference
  • The winning district will be featured on NSBA’s blog, NSBAwire and promoted on NSBA’s Twitter and Facebook platforms - contributing to the knowledge base of best practices in equity

Award Criteria and Information

The NBC RISE award is open to any school district in good standing with the State Association that is a member of NSBA. To apply for the NBC RISE Award, your school board must complete an online application which will be judged by the NBC Board of Directors.

To determine your eligibility and qualifications for receipt of this award, you’ll need to answer the following questions:

  • Is your district a member of the State School Board Association which is a member of NSBA?
  • How many students do you serve?
  • What is the percentage of African American students in your district?
  • Does your district have an equity policy?  If yes, please describe the key elements of the policy and provide a copy.
  • What specific strategies has your district implemented to promote and enhance academic outcomes and equitable conditions for African American students?
  • What specific evidence can you provide to show your effectiveness in building educational equity as a district-wide mandate?

Supportive materials that provide evidence of educational equity in action may include such examples:

  • School board policies
  • Regular reporting district requirements
  • Student outcome data demonstrating continuous improvement
  • District mission and vision statement (proven implementation)
  • State or national awards or other recognition
  • Print or online media coverage
  • Participation in research studies
  • Videos and photos
  • Other relevant documentation

Important Notes:

  • Each applicant school board must be a member in good standing with its state school board association.
  • The content of your application will be accessible to the NBC Board of Directors and NSBA staff
  • The judges reserve the right to seek additional information from other sources, such as material from the district’s website, phone interviews, media, etc.
  • The judging and selection process will be managed exclusively by NSBA and NBC Directors
  • If selected as the award recipient, only two representatives (School Board Member and Superintendent) from the winning district will be invited to attend the announcement and presentation of the award at NSBA's expense (Travel and up to 2 nights housing). Others are welcome at district's expense.
  • Key Dates:
    • Application deadline: February 2, 2018
    • Winner Notified: Approximately February 20, 2018 (via email/phone)
    • Award Presentation:  April 8, 2018


Publication of Award Winner:  Please note that while the winner of the award will be notified prior to the NBC Annual Luncheon, the information will be embargoed until the announcement at the luncheon. Neither NSBA nor winning district will release press notification or other public announcement of the award until conferred.



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