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The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) supports excellence in urban school board leadership. As part of its mission, CUBE creates educational opportunities for urban school board leaders to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as effective local education policymakers and as advocates for equity in public education.

Committed to addressing the educational challenges that exist in our nation’s urban centers, CUBE helps school boards close the student achievement gap and provide all students equal opportunity to receive a high-quality education, focusing on meeting the needs of our nation’s historically underrepresented and underserved students.

Learn more about the benefits of CUBE and join now.

Leadership

The CUBE Steering Committee consists of urban school board members from CUBE school districts from across the nation. The 2020-2021 CUBE Steering Committee is lead by: 

Jacinto Ramos Jr.


Jacinto Ramos Jr
Chair
Fort Worth Independent School District
Texas
Steve Gallon 

Steve Gallon
Vice Chair
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Florida
 Joyce Morley

 

Joyce Morley
Secretary
DeKalb County School District
Georgia

 Micah Ali

 

Micah Ali
Immediate Past Chair
Compton Unified School District
California

View the full Steering Committee here.

There are currently two vacancies on the CUBE Steering Committee that may be filled by appointment by the CUBE Chair. The next election will be held on April 10, 2021, please check back in the fall for a link to the candidate application form. Learn more about serving on the Steering Committee. 

Announcements and News

Press Releases
Sept. 15, 2020  Virginia School Boards Association President Winner of 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award 
Sept. 15, 2020  Shelby County Schools Winner of the CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence 
April 8, 2020 Council of Urban Boards of Education Announces 2020-2021 Leadership 
Publications
Sept. 2019  
 The Opportunity to Increase Equity: A Guide ESSA Title IV, Part A
August 2020  Increasing Equity and Achievement by Empowering Students
June 2020     Urban Advocate: Eyes on Our Children
June 2020     Urban Advocate: Can a Crisis Lead to Equitable Access? 
Important Dates
August 26, 2020  Webinar: Equity, Access & Student Agency

Events

Enjoy these highlights from past CUBE annual conferences. 

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Awards

The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a school board member who demonstrates a longstanding commitment to improving educational outcomes in urban districts.

The CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence is given to a school district that demonstrates excellence in school board performance, academic improvement, educational equity, and community engagement.

Learn more about the Lifetime Achievement Award and CUBE Annual AwardCheck back in the spring for 2021 Awards Applications.

Learn more about past recipients below.


rodney jordan smiles at the camera in a portrait photograph

Virginia School Boards Association President Winner of 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

NSBA's Council of Urban Boards of Education has recognized Rodney Jordan's commitment to representing the students of Virginia's Norfolk Public Schools by awarding him the 2020 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Shelby County Schools Winner of the CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence

NSBA's Council of Urban Boards of Education has recognized Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools and their exceptional leadership by awarding the board the 2020 Award for Urban School Board Excellence.

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Florida’s Hillsborough County School District Winner of 2019 Urban School Board Excellence Award

NSBA recognizes Hillsborough County, the eighth-largest school district in America, with the Award for the Urban School Board Excellence for their outstanding school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity and community engagement.

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Guilford County North Carolina School Board Member Winner of 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Deena A. Hayes, Chairwoman of North Carolina’s Guilford County Board of Education, is the winner of the 2019 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Jennings, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Fort Worth Independent School Districts Receive Urban School Board Excellence Awards

Created in 2004, the Award for Urban School Board Excellence recognizes school boards that exhibit excellence in school board governance, academic improvement, educational equity, and community engagement. Each winning school district will be featured in future articles in the Urban Advocate, CUBE’s quarterly feature in ASBJ Magazine, as well as highlighted at future CUBE conferences.

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Portsmouth School Board Member Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award

NSBA's Council of Urban Boards of Education CUBE is pleased to announce Cardell C. Patillo, Jr., board member and Finance Chair of the Portsmouth, Virginia School Board, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award. The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who, through their service as a local school board member, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to representing the educational needs of urban schoolchildren.

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