National Black Council

School leaders need to recognize the impact of their biases

Implicit bias training should not be dismissed as the latest fad in education circles, said Bryant Marks, founder and principal trainer with the National Training Institute on Race and Equity. Attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner have "always been with us and always will be.”

The impact of our biases on others, however “depends on our role in society,” making it incumbent upon school leaders to recognize that impact and then learn to address it, Marks said.


NSBA's Councils: Supporting the unique needs of historically disadvantaged students

NSBA has four councils that represent school board members in districts with underserved students. The councils—the National American Indian/Alaska Native Council of School Board Members (AIAN), the National Black Council of School Board Members (NBC), the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE), and the National Hispanic Council (NHC)—have been working for years to ensure that school board members both understand and are equipped to support the unique needs of historically disadvantaged children.

Hillsborough County Public Schools Honored for Enhancing Educational Equity

Alexandria, Va., (April 11, 2018) - NSBA's Black Council of School Board Members (NBC) presented its Recognizing Innovative Strategies in Equity (RISE) Award to Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida, during NSBA’s Annual Conference in San Antonio, April 7-9. In its inaugural year, the RISE Award honors a school board for its excellence in policies, practices, and strategies that promote and enhance equitable outcomes and career readiness for African American students.

Civil rights icon Green: Traits activists share

Ernest Green is a civil rights icon with a place in U.S. history books as one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of students who helped integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. The students’ enrollment served as a test of 1954's Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Equity Symposium Registration & Housing


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Pemberton: What happens when you take a chance

If Steve Pemberton’s life story weren’t real – and documented in his autobiography – you’d insist it were the work of a Hollywood writer.

But the inspiring, uplifting, and at times maddeningly horrific true story is a testament to the power of determination, advocacy, and the love of reading and education.

National Black Council of School Board Member List

The Black Councils’ Board of Directors includes the chair, chair-elect, immediate past chair, secretary treasurer, and representatives from NSBA’s five regions.


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