Urban school district leaders will gather in Chicago to learn about best practices and new solutions for their public schools at the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s (CUBE) Summer Institute.
This year’s event will feature sessions on equity and access to STEM education, Common Core state standards, the “pushout” crisis, expectations for children living in poverty, parent engagement, and math and science education. CUBE is a service of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) that is dedicated to helping urban school districts find ways to close the achievement gap and give all students a high-quality education.
Notable speakers will be Tyrone Howard, Professor of Education at the University of California Los Angeles; Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) and Founder and President of Educational Achievement Services Inc.; Valeria S. Silva, Superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota; and Jeff May, Program Facilitator for Roanoke City Schools in Virginia.
The conference will open with a half-day workshop on educational technology and defining equity led by Ann Flynn, Director of Educational Technology for NSBA. The session will include leading school technology experts and practitioners.
“The Summer Institute is an excellent opportunity for urban school leaders to find solutions to some of the challenges facing our public schools,” said Van Henri White, Chair of the CUBE Steering Committee and President of the Rochester City School Board in New York. “The myriad of ideas and insights exchanged during this event will inform CUBE’s work and will ultimately benefit students in urban districts across the country.”
CUBE hosts the Summer Institute as well as an annual conference and special programming at NSBA’s Annual Conference to provide educational opportunities to urban school board leaders.
“The Council of Urban Boards of Education is an important part of NSBA’s mission to ensure excellence and equity in public education,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “We appreciate the commitment of the urban leaders who attend CUBE events and contribute to the conversations about student achievement.”
The conference hashtags are #CUBEvision and #Brownimperative.