Shelby County Schools Board Member Michelle McKissack. (Courtesy photo)

Shelby County Schools Board Member Michelle McKissack was elected to the national Steering Committee of the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) at the National School Board Association annual conference in Philadelphia on March 30, 2019.

“This is such a huge honor to serve in this capacity and represent Memphis and Shelby County Schools and to act as a voice for students, parents and educators in urban districts across the country,” McKissack said.

“Urban schools have unique challenges and my participation in CUBE will help increase awareness of our successes and needs at the national level and shape policies to fuel the success of our students.”

McKissack has served on the Shelby County Schools Board for seven months after beating a 7-year incumbent to win the District 1 position in August 2018. Sheis the first Shelby County Schools board member elected to the 16-member national board of CUBE. She will serve a three-year term representing the Southern region of the United States.

“I’m honored to work alongside Board Member McKissack to elevate the great work happening in Shelby County Schools and help advocate for the students in our community,”  said Interim Supt. Dr. Joris M. Ray.

“This is great testament of the tenacity of our entire school board and (I) look forward to continuing the work to reach the goals of Destination 2025.”

CUBE, founded in 1967 by the National School Board Association, consists of nearly 100 urban school districts from across the nation. The districts are responsible for educating more than 7.5 million students in more than 12,000 schools. As a whole, CUBE members oversee the expenditure of nearly $100 billion in taxpayer funds.

CUBE’s mission involves helping school boards close the student achievement gap and providing all students an equal opportunity to receive a high-quality education. There is a specific focus on meeting the needs of historically underrepresented and undeserved students.

Cube also seeks to create educational opportunities for urban school board leaders to “serve as impactful local education policymakers and as advocates for excellence and equity in public education.”

The 2019 CUBE Annual Conference will be held in Miami, Florida on September 26-28.