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CUBE has convened school board members from across the nation for the past 55 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. Content is curated specifically to provide you with the tools and support you need to effect change as an empowered, impactful urban school board member.

CUBE 2022 Recap

Registration Fees

Registration  Registration Deadline CUBE Districts/NATCON Districts/Member State Association Staff  General (Non-CUBE Districts/Non-NATCON Districts/Non-Member Associations)  Guest* 
Early Bird Before July 21  $550  $675  $175
Standard  After July 21  $650 $775  $175

*A guest registration grants access to the Welcome Reception and CUBE Urban Night Out (UNO) only. Your guest must purchase a registration if planning to attend sessions, networking meal events, evening receptions, and CUBE Urban Night Out (UNO).

Schedule-at-a-Glance (as of 5/3/23)

3 – 6 p.m.  Early Registration 

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Registration
9:30 – 11:15 a.m.  Preconference Sessions 
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Doors open 11:15 a.m.)  Opening Luncheon Keynote
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Coffee & Conversations
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Breakout Sessions
5 – 7 p.m. Welcome Networking Reception

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Registration 
7:30 – 9 a.m.   Networking Breakfast 
9 – 10:30 a.m. The State of Urban Education
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions 
12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
(Doors open at Noon)
Awards Luncheon
  • Benjamin Elijah Mays Award
  • CUBE Annual Award
2 – 3 p.m.  Breakout Sessions
3 – 3:15 p.m.  Coffee & Conversations
3:15 – 5 p.m.  General Session
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Urban Night Out (UNO) in Chicago

7:30 a.m. – Noon  Registration 

Breakfast On Your Own
9 – 10 a.m.  Student Panel
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Breakout Sessions
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Doors open at 11:15 a.m.)  Closing Luncheon Keynote 

CUBE Awards

The CUBE Awards 2023 application sites are now open. This year, the Council of Urban Boards of Education will award the Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award and the CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence during the CUBE Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the U.S. Army, Friday, Sept. 15, 2023.

The deadline for applications is July 12, 2023. Email equity@nsba.org with questions.

  • The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the educational needs of urban school children through their service as a local school board member. Presented annually by CUBE, this award is open to any current or former school board member from a current CUBE district in good standing. Click here to access the online application.

    The Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored this year by the Diligent Corporation. 

  • CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence

    The CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence focuses on school board governance, highlighting school boards that are showing growth, innovation through policy, and an eagerness to be exemplars 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

     

    Presented annually by CUBE, this award is open to the leadership team of any current CUBE district in good standing. Click here to access the online application.

Conference Information

  • Cancellation Policy

    Request for refunds of the conference registration fee (minus a $150 service fee) can be honored only if made in writing to NSBA at info@nsba.org by Wednesday, August 23, 2023. No refunds will be honored after that time.

    Please feel free to email us at info@nsba.org with any questions you may have regarding your CUBE Annual Conference registration.
  • Safety Protocols & Requirements

    Proof of vaccination status or a negative test result is not required to attend NSBA events. Attendees who are not vaccinated are asked to take an at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test before traveling to the event and should not attend if they test positive or have COVID-19 symptoms. NSBA does not require proof of these measures but encourages attendees to act responsibly and with consideration for the health and safety of others. Mask wearing is not required.

  • Hotel

    Headquarter Hotel: Marriott Marquis Chicago
    2121 S. Prairie Ave
    Chicago, IL 60616

    You must be registered for the conference before you can reserve housing in the NSBA hotel block. NSBA has negotiated a special rate for conference attendees. Booking information will be provided in the registration confirmation email. All reservations should be made before Wednesday, August 23, 2023. Room availability and conference rates cannot be guaranteed after this date.


  • Travel & Getting Around

    Ground Transportation
    Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)
    The Marriott Marquis Chicago is approximately 10 miles from Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). To get to the hotel from the airport, there are taxicabs and rideshare companies that operate at MDW. The loading zone for taxis and rideshare services is on the Lower Level Outside of Baggage Claim, Door 4. Taxicabs and rideshares are estimated at $30 one way to the hotel. Visit the MDW airport website.

    Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
    The Marriott Marquis Chicago is approximately 28 miles from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). To get to the hotel from the airport, there are taxicabs and rideshare companies that operate at ORD. Loading zones for taxis and rideshare services are located in Terminal 2 Upper Level between Door 2A and Door 2D. Taxicabs and rideshares are estimated at $50 one way to the hotel. Visit the ORD airport website.

    Hotel Parking
    Valet parking is available at the Marriott Marquis Chicago at $54.00 per day. 
  • FAQs

    Q: Will there be an online event for CUBE 2023 Annual Conference?
    A: There is no online component for CUBE 2023.

    Q: If my state association is not a member, can I register?
    A: Yes. Click here to see the pricing.

    Q: What is the registration deadline?
    A: You can save $100 when you register on or before July 21, 2023. We recommend registering early to secure your spot at the conference. The event sold out the last two years.

    Q: What is included in my registration fee?
    A: The full conference registration includes access to all sessions, networking breakfasts, luncheon events, evening receptions, and CUBE Urban Night Out (UNO). 

    Q: Can I bring a guest?
    A: Yes. The guest registration fee is $175. A guest registration grants access to the Welcome Reception and CUBE Urban Night Out (UNO) only. Your guest must purchase a registration if planning to attend sessions, networking meal events, evening receptions, and CUBE Urban Night Out (UNO).

    Q: How do I redeem a complimentary registration?
    A: Each CUBE district receives one complimentary attendee registration. The attendee using the complimentary registration should contact info@nsba.org for the special registration code. If you are a sponsor, you can find the number of complimentary registrations in the agreement. Sponsors also will receive an email from Karen Miller regarding the number of complimentary registrations their company receives. The email will include information required to get your team registered. Contact Karen Miller at KMiller@nsba.onmicrosoft.com with sponsor-related questions. 

    Q: What is the event cancellation policy?
    A: Requests for refunds can be honored only if made in writing to NSBA at info@nsba.org by Wednesday, August 23, 2023, and will be subject to a $150 cancellation fee per registrant. No refunds will be honored after that time.

    Q: Who do I contact if I have registration questions?
    A: Please email info@nsba.org with your questions, indicating CUBE in the subject line.

    Q: What should I do if I have special dietary needs for meal events?
    A: Please email info@nsba.org and indicate the type of allergy or other dietary restrictions. (Please title the email Dietary Needs for CUBE Annual.)

    Q: What should I do if I have an ADA request?
    A: Please email info@nsba.org if you have any special needs by Wednesday, August 23, 2023. (Please title the email ADA Accommodations for CUBE Annual Conference.)

    Q: How many CEU credits can I earn by attending CUBE 2023?
    A: You can earn up to 12 CEU credits by attending CUBE 2023.

    Q: How do I report my CEUs earned at CUBE 2023?
    A: When the event is over, you will receive a survey link to the email you used to register. After you complete the survey, you will receive a link to a form where you can submit documentation for your CEUs. Contact equity@nsba.org with any questions.

    Q: Will session presentations and recordings be available?
    A: Session PowerPoints and additional digital handouts are exclusively available through the event app. This event has been planned as an in-person event — no recordings will be available.