Fort Worth ISD Awarded National School Boards Association’s CUBE Award
The Fort Worth ISD is the recipient of the 2018 CUBE (Council of Urban Boards of Education) Annual Award for Urban School Excellence and accepted the prestigious national award at ceremonies Friday, September 28 at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference.
The prize, awarded by the NSBA, recognizes urban school districts for demonstrating excellence in the areas of school board performance, academic improvement, educational equity and community engagement.
“Our commitment to Lone Star Governance -- a continuous improvement model for governing teams and their superintendents—was one of the hallmarks of our presentation to the CUBE panel,” said Fort Worth ISD Board of Education President Tobi Jackson. “Our Board is now able to work with staff to ensure the highest acuity of need areas are addressed as rapidly as possible. This ensures elimination of disproportionalities and disparities while promoting a system based on equity.”
In fact, the District’s commitment to look at all areas through an equity lens played a major part in the profile that was sent to CUBE.
“Over a short period of time, we have passed an equity policy and instituted multiple strategies to ensure discussion about the equitable allocation of resources,” said Trustee Jacinto Ramos, Jr., who also serves as a CUBE Steering Committee Member. “We have instituted District-wide racial equity training; and, we board members have ourselves participated in that training.”
Nominees compete in three size categories and FWISD won the category for large-size urban districts (60,000-plus students.)
Fort Worth ISD, along with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (North Carolina) and the Jennings School District (Missouri), accepted the prestigious award Friday, September 28 at the CUBE Annual Conference hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada.
CUBE award recipients are recognized in programming as an exemplary urban school board featured in a special edition of the Urban Advocate, CUBE’s advocacy magazine, and receive $2,500 to advance its board goals.
The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education is comprised of nine trustees who each represent a single-member districts. The group has a combined 126 years’ experience as school board members.
For more details on the CUBE Award for Urban Excellence, visit NSBA website.