Fulton County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Receive Urban School Board Excellence Awards

Alexandria, Va. (October 4, 2014) -- The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) announces the district winners of the 2014 Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence; Georgia’s Fulton County Schools and Tennessee’s Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.

Lifetime achievement awards go to Ohio and Virginia school board members

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) today announced two recipients of the 2014 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award; Lock P. Beachum, Sr. of Youngstown City School District, Ohio, and Elizabeth Daniels, of Portsmouth City Schools, Virginia.

The Future of Diversity Programs after Schuette v. BAMN

Join NSBA Associate Executive Director and General Counsel Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., in a review of the Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in the Michigan affirmative action case.

Presenter: Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., Associate Executive Director and General Counsel, NSBA

CUBE Programming

CUBE programming at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston will focus on key issues in urban school board governance and advocacy.

CUBE’s two-day programming is open to all conference attendees; separate registration and fees apply.

Build Effective Wraparound and Advocacy

This clinic focuses on interrupting the "school-to-prison pipeline" by successfully working with students with behavioral, academic, attendance, disciplinary, and familial challenges. The Youth Advocates Program (YAP)/Fort Worth ISD partnership has implemented an intensive wraparound and advocacy/paid mentoring program for students. An Individualized Service Plan is designed to address the needs of the students and their families. Attendees will be able to implement strategies to address absenteeism, truancy, and other problems using YAP's holistic approach.

Your Footprints in the Sand of Education PowerPoint

Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education, opportunities have opened up for children to learn and educators of color to access the educational system. Many of us were given the honor of being in the highest position one can hold: a school board member. How are we using those coveted roles to advance the causes that allow all children to thrive and succeed? Are we making decisions with our administration and in the community we serve that will leave footprints behind for others to emulate, or are those prints washed away as we leave office?

How to Attract and Retain a Superb Superintendent and Employees in Your School District PowerPoint

In these ever-changing times for public schools, attracting the best possible candidates for the job is a must for the benefit of all involved. Come and learn what crucial roles a school board plays in the success of their school district through excellent governance of themselves.

Presenter: Andrea A. Lawful-Trainer, principal/CEO, C.A.P.E.S. and school board member, Abington School District (PA)

CUBE Steering Committee option to run from the floor

The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Steering Committee consists of 15 urban school board members and an immediate past chair from CUBE school districts elected by the CUBE districts. The members serve staggered three-year terms. Membership on the Steering Committee is limited to two full consecutive terms, and incumbent members whose pre- or first terms that will expire in 2017 must reapply to be considered for reelection.

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.

  • Small-size urban districts (less than 30,000)
  • Mid-size urban districts (less than 60,000)
  • Large-size urban districts (more than 60,000)


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