Annual Award for Urban Excellence
Honoring Urban School Boards That Are Making a Difference
Local school boards are leaders of public education in their communities. School boards are charged with the responsibility to create the conditions within their district that lead to improved student achievement. Creating optimal conditions requires boards to align resources and foster a culture within the district that supports and rewards the work of educators in improving student achievement. School boards articulate the educational mission of the district and garner the public support and resources needed to achieve that mission.
The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) recognizes excellence in school board governance by presenting the Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence. Award winners share their ideas promote best and promising practices at CUBE conferences and through CUBE publications. These school boards serve as a resource for other CUBE districts, sharing how effective governance is essential in helping all urban school boards improve.
NSBA encourages all CUBE members to apply, particularly those school boards who are showing growth, innovating with policy, and who are eager to be an exemplar to other urban boards. School boards will be judged on a variety of measures across four core areas of urban school board governance:
- School Board Performance
- Academic Improvement
- Educational Equity
- Community Engagement
2020: Shelby County Schools (TN)
2019: Hillsborough County School District (FL)
2018: Jennings School District (MO), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC), Forth Worth ISD (TX)
2017: Pittsburgh Public Schools (PA), Shelby County Schools (TN), Lancaster Independent School District (TX)