National Black Council

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.

Caucus/Council News: Fall 2015

School boards are well aware that children -- particularly those living in low-income households -- benefit enormously from the safe environment, enriching activities, and supportive and caring mentorship offered by after-school programs.

Equity Symposium

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2018 Equity Symposium
February 3, 2018

Marriott Marquis
Washington, D.C.

Caucus/Council News: Spring 2015

Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, ( for African AmericanGirls_0.pdf) published in September 2014 by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Legal Defense and Educational, Inc.

Caucus/Council News: Fall 2014/Winter 2015

In the quest to overcome barriers that prevent at-risk youth from being successful at school, many districts and policymakers have turned to technology as a way to reach struggling students before it’s too late. 

Learning to Read, Reading to Learn: Why third-grade is a pivotal year for mastering literacy

The young children who enter your classrooms each year are eager for new knowledge and new experiences. They live in a world of words— sung, spoken, written, displayed on signs and screens, words of power and meaning that they are keen to grasp. The children’s needs are many: for safety, good food and health, affection, confidence, and all the care their families and teachers can provide.

What will your legacy be?

Photo courtesy of Lifetouch Photography

Roland Martin, nationally award-winning journalist and television host, challenged National Black Council of School Board Members Luncheon attendees on Sunday to become "radical revolutionaries" in the battle to improve public education.

Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success

"Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success” reflect the importance of school boards working in partnership with various stakeholders in supporting the success of all students. It also serves as a blueprint for school board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of supports for children and their families.  The guide was created by National School Boards Association, in partnership with other national education organizations. 

Peer Organizations

NSBA’s National Black Council of School Board Members works with outside organization to support the education of minority students.


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