CUBE Annual Conference

September 24-26, 2020 | Houston, Texas

The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference is designed to foster effective school district leadership through practical clinic sessions and peer-led district workshops. CUBE has convened school board members from across the nation for the past 52 years to network and share the continually evolving strategies they are using to address the unique educational challenges that exist in our nation's urban centers.

Join us in Houston, Texas from September 24-26, 2020 for our premier annual event, curated specifically to give you the tools and support you need to effect change as an empowered, impactful urban school board member.

Request for Proposals: CUBE 2020 Annual Conference

 

Since its inception, CUBE has advocated for urban school boards and the students they serve. Brown v. Board of Education was decided over 65 years ago, but barriers to making a world-class public education available to all students persist. Biases, both conscious and implicit, continue to hamper our children’s educational access and opportunity. The needs of children in poverty, children of color, and children with diverse cultures, backgrounds and differing abilities are not being met.

CUBE is seeking submissions for the 2020 Annual Conference, scheduled for September 24-26, 2020 in Houston, Texas. We seek high-quality and engaging breakout sessions that focus on topics of critical interest to school board members, school administrators and education advocates from across the country. Breakout sessions will be 75 minutes in length, including Q and A. This conference is an opportunity to learn from and engage other educational leaders. Corporations should please refer below to the “Submitting Your Proposal” section for specialized guidelines. 

The deadline to submit your proposal is December 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 

CUBE 2020 Proposal Submission Details

CUBE is seeking submissions from school districts and other organizations for the 2020 Annual Conference, scheduled for September 24-26, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Corporations should please refer below to the "For Corporations” section for specialized guidelines.

We seek high-quality and engaging breakout sessions that focus on topics of critical interest to school board members, school administrators and education advocates from across the country. Breakout sessions will be 75 minutes in length, including Q and A from the audience. Our conference attendees are seeking information, skill, and strategies to help them govern effectively as part of a leadership team.

This convening is an opportunity to learn from and engage other educational leaders. In 2019, this national conference drew nearly 600 school board members, superintendents and educational leaders from across the country.

  • Selection Criteria

    We are looking for sessions that will include the following:
    • Build strength and fitness of educators to tackle complex issues in education

    • Describe successful models, practices and strategies for achieving equity that can be replicated

    • Expand the knowledge base of attendees

    • Raise awareness of basic educational equity principles

    • Identify specific evidence-based policies, practices, programs that demonstrate success in addressing inequities

    • Incorporate data driven content appropriate for all levels -- new and experienced board members, educators, advocates

    • Encourage audience participation and engagement

    • Enrich the conversation around educational equity

     

  • Definition of Education Equity

    As you develop proposed sessions for our review, consider that the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Board of Directors has defined educational equity as follows: 

    "We affirm in our actions that each student can, will, and shall learn. We recognize that based on factors including but not limited to, disability, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status, students are deprived of equitable educational opportunities. Educational equity is the intentional allocation of resources, instruction, and opportunities according to need, requiring that discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs be identified and eradicated."

  • How to Submit

    The deadline to submit your proposal is December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST. NSBA will only consider timely proposals submitted through the online process.

    • The individual submitting the proposal will serve as the primary contact for NSBA and must have a valid email address and phone number. We expect that the individual submitting the proposal is directly connected to the proposal either by being one of the session participants who will present the material or because he/she works for/represents an individual who is named as the session presenter.

    • The individual submitting the proposal is responsible for communicating with co-presenter(s) regarding acceptance or rejection, deadlines, registration fees, and all other submission details.

    • Only two submissions per organization/school district are allowed. A maximum of one submission will be accepted per district/organization.

    • Please note that if selected to present, a conference sponsor may select your session to provide brief greetings/introduction and that this does not constitute an endorsement of the product or service.

    • All presenters for an approved session must be registered for the conference by Friday May 29, 2020. Failure to register by the deadline may result in cancellation of the approved session.

    • Submit through our online form here.

  • Review Before Submitting

    Questions not addressed below? Contact us at equity@nsba.org.
    • It is strongly advised that presentations include at least one school board member as part of the panel of presenters.

    • Districts submitting proposals must be members in good standing of their respective state school boards association.

    • Breakout sessions will be 75 minutes in length, and should include time for Q and A.

    • Sessions that we select will be scheduled at various times throughout the conferencEquity . Please do not submit a proposal unless you can present your session any time during the conference.

    • Please do not type any part of your proposal in all capital or lowercase letters, do not use acronyms or abbreviations, and please do not send any attachments or supplemental materials--they will not be reviewed.

    • Each organization can only submit two proposals total – NOT two per employee/representative of the organization.

    • All presenters must pay conference registration fees and have a registration badge. Registration fees are $650 for non-CUBE members and $550 for CUBE members. Please explain this policy to your co-presenters. There are no presenter registration discounts available.

    • We cannot pay an honorarium or expenses for presenting breakout sessions at the CUBE Annual Conference but hope the intangible benefits of being a part of our educational programming make the effort worthwhile for presenters.

    • This conference is a noncommercial forum. Under no circumstances may a session be used for direct promotion of a product, service, or monetary self-interest. Sales pitches disguised as presentations will not be considered.

  • For Corporations

    • Please note that this RFP process is limited to CUBE member districts, other public school districts, and state associations.

    • Under no circumstances will session proposals from corporations be accepted through this process.

    • Companies interested in conducting educational sessions must be currently (or working towards) exhibiting or sponsoring at the 2020 CUBE Annual Conference. Exhibitors/Sponsor status will be confirmed during the review process. Companies must submit proposals directly to the NSBA Business Development Team, to Damien Delgado. ddelgado@nsba.org

 

Want to learn more? Check Out the CUBE 2019 Annual Conference Program.

 

CUBE 2019 Program