How to Create a Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments

In 2013, the Virginia School Boards Association devised a proactive plan to create a state Task Force on Schools in Challenging Environments. The goal of the task force was to collect and share best practices, build community, and most importantly, engage local leaders in courageous conversations to improve Virginia’s public schools.

Presenters: Gina Patterson, Executive Director, Virginia School Boards Association, Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent, Winchester City Public Schools, and Rodney Jordan, Board Member, Norfolk Public Schools, VA

A Shared Discussion on Leadership for Equity

Explore the responsibilities and crucial roles elected officials play in bringing forward solutions for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for every child with a specific focus on underrepresented students.

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

Racial Equity Development: Enacting District-wide Policy

The most imperative responsibility for each public educational district in our nation is to provide every student with a high quality, free, equitable and public education. Courageous educational leaders move districts and schools toward creating and implementing systems that will ensure educational and racial equity for every student, in every classroom, every day.

Presenters: Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent, Roanoke City Public Schools, VA and Ms. Mae G. Huff, School Board Member, Roanoke City Public Schools, VA

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

Next to policy decisions, the selection, evaluation and retention of the superintendent are among the most important functions of a school board. An average urban school superintendent of 3.2 years suggests the need for some important discourse and development around the conditions necessary to hire and retain those entrusted with the responsibility. This session was developed based on best practices employed by some of the country's leading search firms and professionals.

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

Learn how the 3000+ members of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys stay up to date on crucial legal issues affecting public schools, collaborate with colleagues on tricky issues facing their clients, and plug into the NSBA Legal Advocacy program.

Presenters: Lester B. Johnson, III, Assistant School Board Attorney, Savannah-Chatham County Public School system, and Chair of the Georgia Council of School Attorneys, and Phillip L. Hartley, Managing Partner, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLP, Gainesville, Georgia and General Counsel for the Georgia School Boards Association

Sponsorship Opportunities at CUBE Summer Issues Seminar

Become an integral part of the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s Summer event! Secure your partnership today. Partner with CUBE for national visibility with urban school districts around the country.

Council of Urban Boards of Education Director presents at TASB’s Summer Leadership Institute

Deborah L. Keys, National School Boards Association (NSBA) Director of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), presented at the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute on June 13. Before an audience of school board members and superintendents, Keys discussed best practices around equity and how board members play a critical role in creating a positive experience for their students.


CUBE's 49th Annual Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

Become an integral part of the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s premier event!

48th CUBE Annual Conference

CUBE’s 48th Annual Conference

Our 2015 Annual Conference was held on October 1-3 at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix.


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