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NewsBriefs Winter 2012

Publication of the National Alliance of Black School Educators

Inside ❖  2011 New Orleans Conference Highlights ❖  Comcast Bridges the Digital Divide ❖  Election 2012: Meet the Candidates


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From the Editor


r. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” These words truly embrace the mission of NABSE as it continually works to increase the achievement of all children—in particular those of African descent. In this Winter 2012 issue of the NABSE NewsBriefs, you will read about a variety of issues, events, and happenings that embrace Dr. King’s words and NABSE’s mission.

NABSE will achieve an important milestone this year as it hosts its 40th Annual NABSE Conference. This issue contains information regarding this year’s conference that is being held at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee November 14 –18, 2012. Please take advantage of the Early Bird Special and register TODAY!

Editor Ed Potillo

Additionally, in this issue you will find: • An article reviewing the highlights of the 2011 NABSE Conference held in New Orleans, LA • Information on the 3rd African American Male Youth Leadership Summit (AAMYLS) being held on the campus of Prairie View A&M in Houston, TX • An introduction to the new online NABSE Store • An opportunity to meet the candidates in the 2012 Election Report & Procedures • Important information on the 4th Exemplary Leadership Institute for African American Superintendents and the 2nd Annual NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute • A host of other NABSE updates and information, including Affiliate happenings and Commission news Enjoy

Table of Contents

NewsBriefs Vol. 6, No. 1

NABSE NewsBriefs is the official newsletter of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, a membership organization. Correspondence may be sent to: NABSE 310 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20003 (202) 608-6310 • (800) 221-2654 fax (202) 608-6319 President Dr. Carrol A. Thomas

Message from the President������������������������������� 2 NEPI 2012�������������������������������������������������������������� 2 Message from the National Conference Planning Committee Chairperson����������������������� 3 2011 New Orleans Conference Highlights��������� 4 Feature Article Comcast Bridges the Digital Divide����������������������������������� 9 HQ Announcements AAMYLS��������������������������������������������������������������� 10 NABSE Constitution & By-Laws Changes������������������������� 10 Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute ����������������������� 11 2012 NABSE Elections ���������������������������������������������� 13 NABSE Store ��������������������������������������������������������� 14 Moody Lawsuit ������������������������������������������������������� 15 Calendar of Events ��������������������������������������������������� 15 Affiliates’ Corner������������������������������������������������ 16

Executive Director Quentin R. Lawson

Corporate Corner������������������������������������������������ 17

Editorial Director Ed Potillo

2012 Conference Packet������������������������������������ 19

Commission News���������������������������������������������� 17

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Message from the President To the NABSE Membership:


would like to extend good tidings to all of my NABSE colleagues as we begin a new year full of great NABSE happenings.

As NABSE continually strives to put its mission into action, this issue of the NewsBriefs offers information on NABSE professional development and networking offerings as well as enriching activities for the students that our educators serve. These activities include: the 2nd NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute, the National Education Policy Institute (NEPI), and the 3rd African American Male Youth Leadership Summit (AAMYLS) just to name a few. In keeping with NABSE’s commitment to providing opportunities for Dr. Carrol A. Thomas students, outstanding educator and administrator quality training and parent resources, I extend to you a very special invitation to participate in the 40th Annual NABSE Conference at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN. The National and Local Planning Committees are working hard to plan the best conference ever. I encourage you to take advantage of the Early Bird Special and REGISTER TODAY! NABSE is working aggressively to expand its outreach into more school districts, to explore ways to enhance its financial vitality, and to provide pragmatic programming that will ultimately lead to fulfilling NABSE’s mission of increasing the achievement of our children. To that end, it is very important that you pay close attention to the 2012 Elections and Procedures found in this NewsBriefs edition. You, the NABSE member, will play a vital role in deciding the future leadership of this great organization. I hope this year of 2012 brings each reader prosperity and good health. Respectfully yours,

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“SAVING THE SOUL OF PUBLIC EDUCATION” U.S. Capitol – Congressional Visitors Center – Washington, DC Thursday, May 3, 2012

The National Alliance of Black School Educators will convene the National Education Policy Institute (NEPI) to address the theme, “Saving The Soul of Public Education.” In an era driven by language of accountability, standards and choice and an era marred by inequities in students’ opportunity to learn and achieve, the words of Thomas Jefferson take an added meaning for those who advocate for universal and free public education for all of America’s children. Jefferson is reported to have stated, “We should build an aristocracy of achievement based on a democracy of opportunity.” l

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NEPI will explore factors impacting the current landscape of America’s public schools. The significant factors to be included are: • The role of Poverty • The role and nature of the political discourse around issues of Immigration, the Teaching Profession, the Media, and finally, the Federal Government Visits with Members of Congress – Friday, May, 4, 2012 Don’t miss this opportunity to engage in thoughtful policy discussion with practitioners, experts, and policy makers from across the country. Please visit us at to learn more about NEPI.


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From the N  ational Conference Planning Committee Chairperson


s we enter and settle into a New Year, I would like to extend well wishes to the NABSE membership. NABSE has a “full plate” of activities and events this year as we work to put the mission of the organization into action.

We saw NABSE’s mission put into action in a phenomenal fashion at the Annual Conference held in New Orleans, LA. We extend our thanks to the National Conference Planning Committee, the Local Conference Planning Committee led by Dr. Carol Turner, and the NABSE staff for making the event such a triumph. NABSE extends its special gratitude to the corporate sponsors and their unswerving support of NABSE’s mission. Dr. Bernard The National and Local Conference Planning Committees are already hard at work Hamilton preparing for what will be NABSE’s largest and most successful conference ever. The 40th Annual Conference will be held at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, November 14 –18, 2012. We invite you to attend and experience the following:

• Pre-conference Aspiring Superintendents Academy that will have curricula designed for aspiring superintendents. • Pre-conference School Tours that visit successful schools that are truly “making the grade.” • Special School Board, Higher Education Professionals, Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers Workshop Strands. • Parents Summit that brings more than 300 parents and parent leaders to discuss topics such as: understanding children’s behavioral challenges, how to be a true advocate for your child, and how parents and parent leaders can make a difference in closing the achievement gap—to name just a few. • Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Roland Martin, journalist and CNN commentator and Dr. Robert Gyles, nationally renowned professor of mathematics, with more to come. • Workshops, research roundtables and mini-plenary sessions addressing: common core standards and performance pay, the use of technology and social media in the classroom, special education and the response to intervention, classroom management, and retaining students—to name a just a few. • An Exhibition Hall with more than 300 exhibitors from all over the country, Employment Opportunity Center, and Cyber Café. •  Various book signings by NABSE authors and Conference presenters. I encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity to learn best practices, network with other education professionals from across the country, and gain continuing education credits. I invite you to review this issue of NewsBriefs and visit NABSE’s website at where you will find more details about the 2012 Annual Conference, including registration and accommodation details. Professionally yours, Bernard Hamilton, Ed.D. President-Elect National Conference Planning Chairperson

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National Alliance of Black School Educators

39th Annual Conference Highlights November 16 –20, 2011 Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA


ver 2,500 NABSE members, corporate representatives, and education stakeholders converged upon New Orleans, LA for the 39th Annual Conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on November 16–20, 2011. The conference theme was “Education is a Civil Right: Today’s Strategies that Build Tomorrow’s Leaders of African Descent.” Embraced by an atmosphere of true “Crescent City” hospitality, the City of New Orleans welcomed NABSE with open arms. Conferees enjoyed more than 75 workshops and education strands; over 200 education, non-profit, and retail exhibitors; and powerful keynote speeches, mini-plenary sessions, Research Roundtables, and formal networking forums during the five-day event.

Dr. Carrol Thomas, NABSE President, addresses the congregants

The Jefferson Parish ABSE show their affiliate spirit

Mr. John C. White, Superintendent, Louisiana Recovery School District, welcomes NABSE Conferees

Wednesday, November 16

Pre-Conference Activities NABSE officially launched the pre-conference activities on Wednesday, November 16th, under the direction of NABSE President, Dr. Carroll A. Thomas; the National Conference Planning Chair and NABSE President-Elect, Dr. Bernard Hamilton; and the Local Host Committee Chairperson, Dr. Carol Turner. Additionally supported by the New Orleans ABSE President Kenneth Johnston and Greater New Orleans ABSE Chairperson Wanda Brooks, the NABSE pre-conference activities got under way with The Aspiring Superintendents’ Leadership Academy. In its fourth year, this day-long seminar is designed to improve the skill set of educators and administrators aspiring to become superintendents. Dr. James Meza, Acting Superintendent, Jefferson Parish Public School System, welcomes NABSE conferees

Quentin Lawson, NABSE Executive Director, addresses the conferees


This year brought a few firsts to the NABSE Conference. Promethean, the makers of the ActivBoard System and other interactive technologies, partnered with NABSE and provided ActivBoard Systems in the break-out rooms. Presenters were able to use the ActivBoard Systems to make their presentations. Promethean representatives also used the interactive evaluation function of the ActivBoard System to facilitate the evaluation of each presentation by the workshop attendees. The Parents Summit was held as a pre-conference event and was presented by the NABSE Parents Commission and the U.S. Department of Education. The Summit convened more than 250 parents and parent leaders to attend a variety of workshop sessions. These sessions addressed issues such as parental involvement in schools, closing the achievement gap, understanding the No Child Left Behind Act, the changes in special education laws and how they affect students receiving special education services, and understanding the Louisiana Academic Content Standards. The Summit was brought to a close at a luncheon that featured a powerful and engaging address by Gerod Stevens, Program Director for WBOK-AM 1230 AM in New Orleans.

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“Education is a Civil Right: Today’s Strategies that Build Tomorrow’s Leaders of African Descent” School Tours In continuing with tradition, the K–12 School Tours were a resounding success this year. Educators from all over North America and beyond visited 13 selected schools from Jefferson Parish, St. Charles Parish, and Orleans Parish. The schools selected ranged from an elementary charter school with a focus on science and technology to a college preparatory high school where most of the students will be first-generation college students. The visits offered best practices and opportunities to appreciate and applaud the successes in three school systems. The NABSE Higher Education Commission and members of the New Orleans Conference Host Committee hosted a collegiate tour of Tulane University, Xavier University, Southern University at New Orleans, University of New Orleans, and Dillard University. Greeted warmly by university leaders and students, the conferees were excited and inspired by the intensity of the academic curriculums as well as the tradition of excellence these institutions of higher education exalt. Conferees took advantage of a cultural tour that showed the wonderful complexity of New Orleans and its culture, while recognizing the contributions of People of Color who settled and built the “Crescent City.” The tour took conferees through some areas which were affected by Hurricane Katrina, featuring the devastation and recovery. The day officially ended with the First Time Orientation Reception held at the Convention Center. Thursday, November 17

39th Annual Conference Opening Plenary The General Session Hall was filled Thursday, November 17 at the Opening Plenary as conferees were welcomed by President Thomas and the superintendents of St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Orleans Parish Schools, Jefferson Parish Public School System and the Recovery School District of New Orleans. Civil rights activist and founder and president of Rainbow Push, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., gave an inspiring address as he reinforced why Education is indeed a Civil Right. Once again, ARAMARK Corporation generously sponsored scholarships to deserving students and a representative from Exploritas presented the Dr. Asa Hilliard Award. The Opening Plenary came to a close with a historic signing of a resolution that initiated a partnership between NABSE and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. The resolution was signed by NABSE President Thomas and National Pan-Hellenic Council President Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre. The resolution states that both organizations will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding that will detail how the groups will work collaboratively to improve the educational experiences and opportunities for all children of African descent.

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to the conferees during the Opening Plenary

Dr. Thomas and Cynthia M.A. ButlerMcIntyre, National Pan-Hellenic Council President, sign the joint resolution

Students from Jefferson, Orleans and St. Charles parishes were on display throughout the conference, beginning at the Opening Plenary and Exhibition Hall Openings which featured Jefferson Parish School System’s Helen Cox High School Band and Choir and the L.W. Higgins High School Marching Band. Additionally, other student choirs, jazz bands and dance troupes entertained NABSE conferees in the Exhibition Hall.

ARAMARK Education Scholarship award recipients

Conferees participate in the Opening Plenary

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National Alliance of Black School Educators

39th Annual Conference Highlights ThursDay, November 17 (continued)

This year’s conference program was dedicated posthumously to the following individuals who served NABSE tirelessly over the years: Dr. Donald L. Clark, educator, civil rights activist, and past NABSE Board Member; Michael Scott, Gary, Indiana school board member, coach, and past NABSE Board Member; and Dr. Kenneth S. Burnley, educator, past Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, first African American track coach at the University of Michigan, and a true supporter of NABSE. Their contributions to the education of children will live on forever. Exhibition Hall Hundreds of conferees, vendors, sponsors and entrepreneurs gathered as the ribbon was officially cut opening the 2011 Exhibition Hall. The Exhibition Hall offered conference attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest instructional/management products and services within the Education section; purchase unique gifts, art, and books in the Retail section; and find out about employment and volunteer opportunities in the Non-Profit section. Featured in the Exhibition Hall was a full service Employment Opportunities Center—a comprehensive center where school districts and conferees could make that “employment connection”— and the NABSE Cyber Café. NABSE extends its sincere thanks to the companies, school districts, and organizations that exhibited in the Exhibition Hall.

NABSE Exhibition Hall

Youth Symposium One of NABSE’s Conference highlights was the Youth Symposium. Erik Cork, a nationally known educator and student motivator, engaged more than 550 students for three hours with a motivational session designed to increase reading and writing skills through “current day” music and poetry. Mr. Cork’s presentation entitled, Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme: Rebuilding the Writing Foundation, offered these students a “multi-media smorgasbord” of writing and vocabulary lessons that they will surely never forget. Students enthusiastically participate in the Youth Symposium

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) started the afternoon sessions off by sponsoring “A Conversation with Reverend Jesse Jackson.” Facilitated by HEC Chairperson, Dr. Betty Goyens, more than 200 attendees had an opportunity to engage Reverend Jackson in a rather intimate setting. The day continued with the first two series of workshops, one of three research roundtables, higher education and school board strands, the NABSE Commission Meetings, and the Affiliate Presidents’ Meeting that was led by the NABSE Regional Representatives.

Conferees participate in the Conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson


L.W. Higgins High School Band entertains the conferees

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“Education is a Civil Right: Today’s Strategies that Build Tomorrow’s Leaders of African Descent” Affiliate Opening Night’s Reception The first day of the Conference ended with the Affiliates Opening Night Reception held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. The Local Host Committee created an event that celebrated the culture and history of New Orleans through food, music, and dancing. Members of the Zulu Krewe danced and engaged attendees as they celebrated the significant African American contribution to the Mardi Gras experience and New Orleans as a whole. Kenneth Johnston, coordinator of the event, presented each of the NABSE affiliate leaders with a certificate. Immediately after the presentations, the NABSE Affiliates, led by the Jefferson Parish ABSE, demonstrated unity and purpose as they displayed special attire, sweatshirts, and banners and competed for pride, presence, and strength. Friday, November 18

Education Strands Conferees began the day with workshops, mini-plenary sessions, research roundtables, and education strands. The education strands were offered to support school board members, superintendents, principals, teachers, higher education professionals and emerging education professionals. In addition, conferees had an opportunity to attend a Wellness Plenary as well as a Faith Based Symposium. Conferees convened at 12:00 noon for the Founding Members Luncheon that featured a dynamic keynote address by Nikki Giovanni, celebrated poet, writer, educator, and activist. After lunch, conferees attended more educational sessions including special sessions sponsored by Discovery Education.

Nikki Giovanni galvanizes the conferees during the Founding Members Luncheon

Dr. Bernard Hamilton, NABSE President-Elect, addresses the conferees at the Founding Members Luncheon

Conferees participate in one of many workshops

Saturday, November 19

Delegate Assembly This day began with the Affiliate Breakfasts and the second Delegate Assembly, which featured an engaging and dynamic keynote address by the Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey. During this Delegate Assembly, members voted on some very important NABSE business, including the candidates that would appear on the 2012 Election ballot. The voting process was assisted by Promethean and their ActiVote technology. This technology was well received because participants were able to see results instantaneously. Saturday continued with workshops and education strands, and featured a Town Meeting presented by the NABSE Government Relations and Legislative Committee and facilitated by Dr. LaRuth Gray, the Committee’s Chairperson. The Town Meeting, “A Broader, Bolder Approach: The Newark Story,” featured stakeholders of the Newark Global Village Zone. Powered by funding from the Ford Foundation, the Prudential Company, and the Victoria Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Foundation, The Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University has Delegate Assembly launched a model reform program in Newark, New Jersey. Led by Professor Pedro Noguera, and directed by Dr. Lauren Wells, The Newark Global Village Zone is a model reform program based on the tenets of A Broader, Bolder Approach (BBA). The goal of BBA is to ensure that every child is successful in life by addressing four pillars of success: education reform, social services, community engagement, and economic development. NABSE NewsBriefs • W i n t e r 2 0 1 2


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39th Annual Conference Highlights SaturDay, November 19 (continued)

Annual Banquet The most sought-after ticket of the conference, the Dr. Deborah Partridge Wolfe Annual Awards Banquet, is always a favorite for conferees. The evening featured the presentation of six awards and an address by Dr. Pedro Noguera, nationally renowned author and NYU professor of education. Following Dr. Noguera’s address, Dr. Ronald Williams was installed to the NABSE Board of Directors by the Honorable Judge Marc E. Johnson of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dr. Carol Turner, Conference Local Host Committee Chairperson, addresses the conferees at the Annual Banquet

Dr. Pedro Noguera speaks to the conferees at the Annual Banquet

O. Perry Walker College and Career Prep High School performs at the Annual Banquet

Congressman Cedric Richmond brings greetings to the Annual Banquet attendees

Sunday, November 20

Ecumenical Service The final conference event was the Ecumenical Service. Presided by Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, the Ecumenical Service proved to be a spirit filled experience. The Hilton’s Jefferson Ballroom truly became a place of worship as conferees offered up praise and worship, paid tribute to NABSE members who had passed since the Fort Worth conference, and listened to a very moving sermon by Bishop Craig Wilson, Pastor of New Generation Fellowship Church and Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA. The Service was further uplifted by the young men of the St. Mark Mime Ministry, who brought the attendees to their feet in praise with their ministry NABSE extends a special note of thanks to all of those individuals who worked tirelessly to make this a successful conference. The presence of our corporate partners and their support of NABSE were felt throughout the conference. NABSE expresses its most sincere and profound thanks for the many private corporate entities that helped to make this conference a rousing success. A very special thanks goes to the New Orleans Conference Local Host Committee, in particular its leader, Dr. Carol Turner, for her hard work and outstanding leadership. As we look forward to the 40th Annual Conference being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN, November 14 –18, 2012, NABSE will be sure to build upon the tremendous success of the 2011 event! Conferees join together in prayer during the Ecumenical Service


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Comcast Bridges the Digital Divide: One Opportunity at a Time

t is not a secret that in today’s economy, many households have to stretch their dollars to make ends meet. Many of the things viewed as “luxuries” have been removed from household budgets, or have never been acquired. One the most popular so-called luxuries is the home computer and Internet access. Limited or no access to technology—in particular, Internet access—puts many households at an immediate disadvantage. Internet access has become almost a necessity for students of all ages because the Internet is a principal resource used to complete academic studies. Additionally, communication via email is a tool used by almost everyone—in particular school districts which use it to notify parents of their children’s progress or important school advisories. Furthermore, most employers have an online application process that must be utilized for employment consideration. Unfortunately, those in the African American community are the ones most disadvantaged. Statistics have shown that the African American community has higher than average unemployment/underemployment rates and less than average household income. Comcast, a nationwide cable and Internet provider, in an effort to address the growing need for access to technology, has developed a program called Internet Essentials—a project aimed at providing access to technology to those most unlikely to be able to afford it. Internet Essentials works with those families who qualify for the national free lunch program by offering them Internet access and a laptop computer at dramatically reduced costs in areas where Comcast is a cable/ Internet provider. The first Internet Essentials program was rolled out for the 2011–2012 school year in Chicago Public Schools.

systems are stretched to the max and cannot provide management and oversight for such a major initiative. Comcast completely agreed and supplied the necessary management plan, customer service protocol, and personnel needed for implementation. Comcast held information sessions for superintendents, school board members, and community stakeholders at local colleges and schools. Program queries were handled by representatives from the Internet Essentials call center via a toll-free number. The Internet Essentials process is simple and user friendly. Printed materials explaining the program and how to apply are provided by Comcast to a school ­district for inclusion in their national free lunch ­program registration packets. Once notification of eligibility for the free lunch program is received, parents call a toll-free number and answer some questions to confirm that they are eligible. An Internet Essentials packet is sent to the parents, and they, in turn, send a copy of their free lunch certification letter. Once the certification is received, they are placed in queue for installation and set-up. The significantly discounted cost for the ­monthly Internet service will vary depending upon the service area. Although this entire process can take several weeks due to reliance on the U.S. Postal Service, the benefits associated with technology access make the wait tolerable. Currently, the Internet Essentials program is available in 65 school districts in the Greater Chicago Area which includes most of Illinois, NW Indiana, and SW ­Michigan. It is their hope to have Internet Essentials programs running in all of the markets that Comcast serves. Currently, Comcast’s services are available in 39 states.

The office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department of External Affairs worked collaboratively with the Greater Chicago Comcast affiliate to develop and implement an action plan to introduce the program to the public, educate the public on the qualifications and requirements, and bring the reality of affordable access to those who are eligible.¹

NABSE is in the process of developing a user protocol for its member school districts. The protocol will outline benefits, challenges, and implementation strategies for school districts interested in participating in the Comcast Internet Essentials program. To learn more about the Internet Essentials Program, please visit their website at

One of the major issues concerning a program of this magnitude for CPS, and more than likely for any public school system, was the establishment of a core understanding that Comcast is the provider of the Internet Essentials program, not CPS. Today’s public schools

¹ While the City of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools worked with Comcast and find merit in the program, their participation and cooperation should not be viewed as an endorsement of Comcast over any other cable or Internet provider.

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NABSE Hosts the 3rd African American Male Youth Leadership Summit NABSE will convene its 3rd African American Male Youth Leadership Summit (AAMYLS) July 18–22, 2012 on the campus of Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) in Prairie View, TX. Approximately 120 African American young males from all over North America in grades 8–10 will convene for five days to engage in the following: • Interactive presentations on critical leadership, etiquette, communication and life skills • Exploration of the personal, social, emotional and spiritual conditions that inhibit and/or enhance each individual young person’s journey towards adulthood • Creative activities that will help to build self-esteem, encourage positive communication among peers, and provide the tools for conflict resolution • Introduce the young men to unique and engaging approaches to learning as it relates to the 3Rs • Comprehensive Prairie View A&M University Tour that exposes students to a variety of career options that are available to them Students who are interested in attending the Summit must be accompanied by a chaperone from a NABSE Affiliate. The cost for the Summit is $300 for students and chaperones, and it covers the on-campus lodging, meals, and program materials, as well as any off-site activity. To learn more about the African American Male Youth Leadership Summit and to register, please visit

NABSE Constitution & By-Laws NOTICE TO MEMBERS According to NABSE Constitution and By-Laws, Article XI, the constitution and by-laws may be amended at the Annual Meeting if the following criteria are met: (a) Submit the proposed amendment(s) in writing by April 2 to the Chair of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee (Accepted by April 30th by suspending By-Laws) (b) The Chair of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee forwards proposed amendment(s) to the general ­membership through the summer edition of the NABSE NewsBriefs. (c) The proposed amendment(s) is placed on the agenda for the Annual Meeting in November. (d) The proposed amendment(s) is ratified by a simple majority vote of the Delegate Assembly. Please submit any proposed changes to the existing constitution and by-laws to: NABSE Chair, Constitution and By-Laws Committee 310 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20003


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NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute ARAMARK

2300 Warrenville Rd. Downers Grove, IL June 24-26, 2012

Preparing Future Leaders

The NABSE Organization is offering a dynamic, hands-on, and results oriented three-day training for “Aspiring Superintendents” June 24-26, 2012. A critical review of the research verifies there is a shortage of highly qualified educational leaders ready to become superintendents. As a result of seven consecutive years of offering a one day “Highly rated” workshop for “Aspiring Superintendents”, NABSE has joined with a group of highly successful superintendents and other educational leaders to present a Summer Institute for “Aspiring Superintendents.” The Aspiring Superintendents Institute is designed for current Administrators only.

P a s t P r e s e n t e r s

Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams Hazel Crest, IL Dr. Constance R. Collins Round Lake, IL Dr. Charles E. Coleman Joliet, IL Dr. W.L. “Tony” Sawyer Mount Vernon, N.Y. Dr. Lela A. Bridges-Webb Harvey, IL Ms. Gloria Davis Decatur, IL Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley Gary, IN Dr. Barbara Pulliam-Davis Greensboro, GA Dr. Percy Mack Columbia, SC

Institute Highlights  Learn strategies designed to achieve

the position of superintendent  Develop skill-sets necessary to

maintain the position of superintendent

 Expand your knowledge base in

leading and facilitating successful education change  Networking Opportunities  An assigned mentor for 1 year

Dr. Walter Milton Springfield, IL Dr. Creg Williams Calumet, IL

NABSE * 310 Pennsylvania Ave, SE * Washington, DC 20003 * 800-221-2654 * fax 202-608-6319 *

NABSE Preparing Future Leaders


2300 Warrenville Rd. Downers Grove, IL June 24-26, 2012 Program Fee: $499 per

Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute “Achieving the Superintendency” Three-Day Training Program Name: __________________________________________________________

person. Tuition includes:

Title: ___________________________________________________________

Three-day training with: Highly Successful Superintendents and Educational Consultants from across the Nation

School/District/Organization: ______________________________________

Hosted breakfast, lunch and dinner

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The Marriott Hotel (1500 Opus Place, Downers Grove, IL.) is offering a special rate of $99 per night. To reserve a room, call the hotel at (630) 852-1500 Please Note: Lodging is separately priced and is not included with your registration.

Address: _________________________________________________________ City: _____________________________ State: ______ Zip: ______________ Office Ph.: _______________________ Cell Ph.: _______________________

Payment Information □ Please invoice me. Purchase Order #: __________________________________ □ Payment is enclosed: (Check payable to NABSE)

Cancellation Policy: There will be a $75.00 fee for cancellations 90 days prior to the training. A refund of 50% will be given for cancellations up to 10 days prior to the training. No refunds 10 days prior to the training. Please note: All cancellations must be in writing and postmarked.

Register today: Fax this form to NABSE @ 202-608-6319 or

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2012 Election Report & Procedures Consistent with the By-Laws and the report of the Nominating Committee made at the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, elections of the National Officers will be conducted electronically. VoteNet Solutions will once again conduct the NABSE electronic election during the last week of April/ first week of May 2012. The outcomes of all nominations for the 2012 Executive Officers as approved by the Delegate Assembly during the 2011 Annual Conference are presented below:

Candidates for NABSE Board Officers President-elect

Dr. Wesley L. Boykin

If elected as NABSE President-Elect, my primary goal will be to improve the quality of education for all children, especially children of color. I promise to establish a meaningful, attainable set of goals that will have a positive, measureable impact on professional educators and the children they serve.

Ms. Marietta A. English

I am a lifelong educator. I will work to bring honor and respect to our profession and coalesce with stake­ holders to improve professional practices, increase student learning and accelerate educators’ careers. I will also work with officers, committees and staff to enforce the mission of NABSE. I humbly ask for your support.

Dr. Eugene G. White

I am honored to seek the office of President-Elect of the National Alliance of Black School Educators. After being President of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Association of School Administrators, it is time to come home to NABSE and employ the leadership lessons learned.

Recording Secretary

Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill

I believe SERVICE is the rent you pay for the space you occupy. I have a historical perspective and can work well with all Commissions and NABSE Leadership. • 18th National President of NABSE • Teacher-Superintendent • NABSEF Chairman • Good Listener • Tech Savvy

• Strategic Writer • Recording Secretary, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Detroit Alumnae Chapter • National Presenter • Consultant and Writer

Dr. Lloyd Sain

As an affiliate President, chair-elect, and member of the Legislative Committee, I am humbly committed to the work that will place NABSE at the forefront of advocacy for children of color and as an organization that represents the authentic voice and experiences of the dedicated professionals who lead and teach them daily.

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Candidates for NABSE Board Officers (continued)


Doreen E. Barrett

As the current treasurer, I have helped move our organization to a more fiscally solvent position. I would like the opportunity to continue my mission with NABSE in strategic planning for future financial growth. The goal is to generate revenue to provide more programs and resources for students of African descent.

Dr. Vashti K. Washington

My qualifications include: Public School Educator for 32 years; Superintendent of Schools in South Carolina; Responsible for 27 million dollar budget; Creative Fund Raiser; Member of SCABSE and serve as Chairperson for the nominating committee for 2012. Let’s work together to improve NABSE’s financial future. Thank you for your support!

The NABSE Online Store is Now Open for Business NABSE has opened an online store that sells NABSE branded merchandise. You will find everything from pens to portfolios to basic apparel to laptop carrying cases. You can visit the NABSE Online Store at


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The Moody Lawsuit is Over After six years the Charles D. and David Moody lawsuit has ended, at a cost of over one-half million dollars to NABSE. The NABSE Board of Directors gave a final report of the lawsuit to the Delegate Assembly at the Annual Conference in New Orleans last November. The information below is provided for those who were unable to attend.

Chronology of Events • I n November 2005, Dr. Charles D. Moody and his son, David Moody, filed a lawsuit against 17 members of the NABSE Board of Directors (1) alleging mismanagement of funds, (2) alleging that the board was not carrying out its fiduciary duties, (3) requesting staff changes, and (4) requesting a special audit. • A  fter more than one year of investigation of NABSE’s finances and other records and interviewing NABSE staff, contractors, and board members, Judge Shelton of Ann Arbor, Michigan (where the case was filed) ruled “no wrongdoing on the part of NABSE.” • D  uring the investigation, NABSE signed an agreement to incorporate certain administrative procedures with the expectation that the plaintiffs would be pleased. That did not occur. The Judge further ruled that signing the agreement was an acknowledgement that the organization benefitted from the lawsuit and therefore, NABSE must pay the Moodys’ attorney fees. • NABSE appealed and lost the appeal. • NABSE appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court and to date, no decision has been made. • T  he Moodys’ attorneys, in an effort to obtain their fees from NABSE garnished NABSE’s bank account for $87,000 and threatened to seize NABSE’s office equipment, literally shutting down NABSE operations. • A  payment schedule was reached, and on December 15, 2011 the final payment of $238,828.19 was made to the attorneys.

Summary of Expenses paid by NABSE: • Moodys’ Attorneys........................................................$420,896.64 • NABSE’s Attorneys.......................................................$117,460.00 • TOTAL.........................................................................$538,356.64 On January 10, 2012, the Moodys’ attorneys filed with the District of Columbia Superior Court a “Notice of Satisfactory Judgment,” thereby bringing an end to the lawsuit. Now that this ordeal is behind us, we can refocus all of our energy on how to advance the academic proficiency of African American youth.

The National Alliance of Black School Educators 2012 Calendar of Events National Education Policy Institute May 3–4, 2012 Washington, DC

4th Annual Superintendents Leadership Summit June 28–30, 2012 Birmingham, AL

NABSE Board of Directors Meeting September 21–23, 2012 Washington, DC

NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute June 24–26, 2012 Downers Grove, IL

NABSE African American Male Youth Leadership Summit July 18–22, 2012 Prairie View, TX

40th Annual NABSE Conference November 14 –18, 2012 Nashville, TN

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A F F I L I AT E S ’


Metro Buffalo Abse Hosts Forum: “It’s Better To Build Boys Than To Mend Men”


he Metro Buffalo Alliance of Black School Educators, in partnership with the local chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, hosted an inspiring forum entitled, “It’s Better to Build Boys than to Mend Men” on Monday, November 14, 2011. The main objective was to discuss how to increase the high school graduation rates of African American male students in Buffalo and Western New York. The panel of seven, led by Moderator Rod Watson of the Editorial Board of the Buffalo News, discussed both root causes and solutions. Most effective on the panel was Buffalo High School Senior Ryan Montgomery. In attendance were over 125 members from the community including Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon and her cabinet. A Part II to the forum is being planned to continue this very important conversation.

Metro Buffalo ABSE Forum Panelists

The Maryland State Alliance of Black School Educators Convenes Its Fall Conference

T Conferees visit the conference vendors

he Maryland State Alliance of Black School Educators (MSABSE) convened their biennial Youth, Parent, and Family Involvement Conference on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at Severna Park Middle School located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The theme of the conference was “Closing the Gap to Build Stronger Relationships.” More than 100 students, parents, and educators attended this informative event and received a variety of community and educational resources from national and local vendors. Organizers of the conference expressed that the goal of the conference was to enrich, enlighten, and inform attendees of educational opportunities and programs for youth and families. To that end, the workshop sessions addressed: special education law, parent community resources, scholarship resources, reading literacy, bullying prevention, and African American male mentoring programs. The keynote speaker was Gayon Sampson, former Maryland State Board of Education Student Representative. Musical selections were rendered by The Meade High School Choir.

Eugene Peterson, AACPS School Board member; Gayon Sampson, Keynote Speaker; Andrea Kane, MSABSE Treasurer; Dr. Leon Washington, Immediate Past MSABSE President


A special thanks goes to the following Maryland State affiliate presidents and conference organizers who made this conference a rousing success: T. Russell Hopewell, NABSE’s Northeast Regional Representative; Donald Lilley, Leon Washington, Vanessa Bass, Andrea Kane, and Shawn Ashworth from Anne Arundel County; Brian Morrison, Baltimore County; Velma Hicks, Metro Baltimore; Clifford Coulter, Hartford County; Khadija Barkley, Montgomery County; and Brenda Moore, Washington County.

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co r po r ate NABSE Corporate Members AdvancePath American Federation of Teachers Aramark Baltimore Teachers Union Cambium Learning Group CIGNA Healthcare Desire 2 Learn Discovery Education Estrada Hinojosa Houghton Mifflin Harcourt K–12 Kaplan Kwame Building Group Learning A–Z Mind Research Institute National Training Network Parsons Pearson Education Promethean Science Weekly Scott Favre Sodexho Voyager Learning


Corner Institutional Members Asbury County Board of Education Beaumont Independent School District Birmingham City Board of Education Black Educators Association Blackville-Hilda Public Schools Brunswick County Public Schools Buffalo Public Schools Cairo School District No. 1 Calhoun County Public Schools Carroll County Public Schools – Halstead Cedar Hill ISD Charles City County Public Schools Charlottesville Public Schools City of Waterbury Council on African Canadian Education DeKalb County Board of Education East Cleveland City Schools Ecorse Public Schools Enlarged City School District of Troy Geary County Unified Schools Greater Newark Charter School Greene County Board of Education Greenwood School District 50 Hayward Unified School District

Hazel Crest School District 152.5 Holmes County School District Independent School District No. 535 Indianapolis Public Schools Irvington Board of Education Jefferson County Board of Education Lee County Schools Lighthouse Academies Marion County Board of Education Minneapolis Public Schools Moore County Schools Newport News Public Schools Normandy School District Plainfield Board of Education Port Arthur ISD Prince William County Public Schools Richmond Public Schools Rochester Public Schools Round Lake Area Schools School District of University City Special School District No. 1 Spring Independent School District Springfield Public Schools Sumter School District 17 Tucson Unified School District #1 Williamsburg County School District


ATTENTION RETIRED EDUCATORS At the 2009 NABSE Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Delegate Assembly voted to increase the Retired Educators membership dues to $50. Please note that all new retired educators’ membership applications and future renewals must reflect the new increase.



embers of the Retired Educators Commission are encouraged to contribute generously to support the James A. Clarke Scholarship Fund. Our commission established this scholarship in memory of a man who worked tirelessly throughout his life for African American children and for the benefit of NABSE. With your generosity, the Commission will be able to present a scholarship to a deserving student at the NABSE Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, November 16, 2012 during the Founding Members Luncheon. Funds for the scholarship will be deposited in the NABSE Foundation account earmarked for the James A. Clarke Scholarship Fund. Contributions may be forwarded to: Lois Hopson Reeder, Chair, James A. Clarke Scholarship Fund, 7835 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20012, (202) 726-2927, LTH7835@AOL.COM NABSE NewsBriefs • W i n t e r 2 0 1 2


The National Alliance of Black School Educators Presents

The Third Annual

African American Male Youth Leadership Summit July 18–22, 2012 Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas

Intended Audience: Male Students in Grades 8th, 9th, and 10th Goals of Summit: To Mentor, Educate, and Nurture Young Males Activities: • Interactive presentations on critical leadership, etiquette, communication and life skills • Exploration of the personal, social, emotional and spiritual conditions that inhibit and/or enhance each individual young man’s journey towards adulthood • Introduce the young men to unique and engaging approaches to learning as it relates to the 3Rs • Comprehensive University Tour that exposes students to a variety of different career options that are available For more information contact: 1-800-221-2654 or or National Alliance of Black School Educators


National Alliance of Black School Educators


NOVEMBER 14 –18, 2012 Nashville, TN




2012 Conference Packet

National Alliance of Black School Educators

40th Annual Conference

November 14 –18, 2012 Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee JOIN us for the 40th Annual NABSE Conference where you will be able to: Attend Workshops, Education Strands, Plenary Sessions and Research Roundtables for ALL educators K–16

Network with over 3,000 educators from across North America and beyond

Visit over 250 Education, Non-Profit and Retail Exhibitors in the NABSE Exhibition Hall

Explore job opportunities at the Employment Opportunity Center

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: NABSE members, supporters, superintendents, principals, school board members, education

human resource professionals, deans, professors, education department heads, administrative/educational support staff, teachers, parents, curriculum specialists, students, clergy, employers, job seekers, and any individual or organization concerned about the education of our nation’s children. PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCE TUESDAY, NOV. 13 •  Conference Registration opens at 3:00 p.m. •  School and Cultural Tours On-Site Registration opens at 3:00 p.m. •  NABSE Board Meeting •  Golf Desk opens at 3:00 p.m.

THURSDAY, NOV. 15 •  Opening Plenary/Delegate Assembly •  Exhibits Grand Opening •  Workshops, Research Roundtable •  Commission Meetings •  Affiliate Presidents’ Meeting •  Affiliate Opening Night Reception

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 •  School and Scenic Tours •  Parents Summit •  Aspiring Superintendents Leadership Academy •  Golf Tournament •  First Time Attendees Orientation Reception

FRIDAY, NOV. 16 •  Workshops, Research Roundtables •  Superintendents’ Strand •  Principals’ Strand •  Higher Education Strand •  Wellness Plenary •  Clergy Symposium •  Founding Members Luncheon •  NABSE Pan-Hellenic Summit

SATURDAY, NOV. 17 •  Delegate Assembly •  Workshops, Research Roundtables •  Town Meeting •  Annual Awards Banquet SUNDAY, NOV. 18 •  Ecumenical Service

Conference Speakers

Conference Accommodations

Confirmed as of February 1, 2012

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN Rate: $199 (Discounted rate is good through October 12, 2012) Reservations: 1-888-777-6779 Group Code (N-NABSE)

Roland Martin

Nationally Syndicated Journalist & CNN Analyst


Dr. Robert Gyles

Professor of Mathematics & Director of the Hunter College Mathematics Center for Learning & Teaching

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2012 Conference Packet

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! Registrants who register by April 30, 2012 will receive a deduction of $25.00!! (This rate reduction does not include Single Day/Spouse and Parents Day Registration)



Membership Status*



Individual Non-Member



Individual Member



Retiree Non-Member






Student Non-Member**




$215 N/A

$130 $150

Single Day/Spouse/ Volunteer

•  Full Registration: All programs, workshops, speakers, exhibits, Founding Members Luncheon, and Annual Banquet. •  Basic Registration: Same as Full but does not include Founding Members Luncheon or Annual Banquet tickets •  Daily Registration: Provides a one-day pass on designated day to all public events, except Founding Members Luncheon, and Annual Banquet. BECOME A MEMBER AND SAVE $$$

Parents Day������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� $90.00 Leadership Academy������������������������������������������������������������������������ $99.00 *Members with outstanding membership dues must complete and submit a membership renewal application. Persons whose membership dues are delinquent will be charged the Non-Member registration rate. **Student membership/registration category applicable only to full-time students who are NOT employed. Valid student identification card must be presented on-site or higher registration rates will apply. registration instructions

1) TYPE or PRINT clearly all responses on the Registration Form on the next page. 2) DO NOT SEND CASH. 3) Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing, by mail and postmarked on or before November 2, 2012 to receive consideration. Absolutely no refunds will be considered after this deadline. Emails, faxes and verbal refund requests will not be accepted. 4) NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON-SITE. 5) Your badge name, full name and organization will appear on your conference credentials and registration documents exactly as you ­provide it on the registration form. Badges must be worn to all functions. 6) Online conference registration is available at through November 2, 2012—BY CREDIT CARD ONLY. REGISTRATION POLICIES

•  Declined credit cards may result in delayed registration. •  On-Site Registrants must come to the On-Site Registration booth to make any required payment in order to receive their registration materials and conference credentials. •  NO PERSONAL CHECKS will be accepted on-site for any conference fees including registration, luncheon tickets, etc. under any circumstances. •  Attendees will not gain access to conference activities without remitting full payment and displaying conference credentials. •  Requests for refunds must be submitted in writing, by mail and postmarked no later than November 2, 2012 to receive consideration. Absolutely no refunds will be considered after this deadline. Emails, faxes and verbal refund requests will not be accepted. •  A $50.00 service charge will be assessed on all refund requests. •  A $30.00 fee will be assessed for all returned checks. •  A $50.00 fee will be assessed to transfer registration from one individual to another. Registration transfer requests must be submitted in writing by November 2, 2012. •  Conference badges must be worn in order to gain access to all functions. •  All registration fees must be paid in full prior to receiving conference materials. NABSE NewsBriefs • W i n t e r 2 0 1 2



2012 Conference Packet

Conference Registration Rates EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! Registrants who register by April 30, 2012 will receive a deduction of $25.00!! (This rate reduction does not include Single Day/Spouse and Parents Day Registration)

Membership Status*



Individual Non-Member

❏ $500

❏ $430

Individual Member

❏ $355

❏ $270

Retiree Non-Member

❏ $359

❏ $285


❏ $309

❏ $235

Student Non-Member**

❏ $235

❏ $150


❏ $215

❏ $130

Single Day/Spouse


❏ $150

Parents Day


❏  $90

• Members with outstanding membership dues must complete and submit a membership renewal application and dues payment. Otherwise Non-Member registration rates apply. • Student membership/registration category applicable to full-time students who are NOT employed full-time. Valid student I.D. must be presented on-site or higher registration rate applies. • Basic Registration does not include Founding Members Luncheon or Annual Banquet tickets.

Name: Prefix





Badge Name (Nickname)

Leadership Academy Registration

District/Organization/Company City/State/Country Mailing Address

❏ Home  ❏ Office


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NABSE Affiliate: Payment Information ❑ AMEX ❑ MasterCard ❑ VISA ❑ Money Order ❑ Check ❑ P.O. Purchase Order Number: Cardholder’s Name (Required): Credit Card No.: Signature:

Registration: Foundation: Meal Ticket: Total Enclosed: $

  Exp. Date:

Required for Credit Card Authorization

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 Pre-Conference Activity ❏ Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy Additional Fee for Academy………$99

❖ NABSE Foundation Contribution ❑ Diamond $5,000 ❑ Founders $1,000 ❑ Platinum $500 ❑ Other:

❖ Number of Additional Meal Tickets ❏ Opening Night Reception     ($10 each) ❏ Founding Members Luncheon     ($55 each) ❏ Annual Banquet     ($60 each)

Please Send Completed Application and Payments to: The National Alliance of Black School Educators 310 Pennsylvania Ave., SE • Washington, D.C. 20003


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❑ Gold ($100) ❑ Silver ($50) ❑ Bronze ($25)


2012 Conference Packet

Please Provide Complete Information

Select One:   ❏ Renewal  ❏ New PERSONAL INFORMATIOn ❏  Male  ❏  Female

Name: Prefix




Age Level (Optional) ❏ 18–24 ❏ 25–34 ❏ 35–44 ❏ 45–54 ❏ 55–64 ❏ 65–Above

Home Address City Home

NABSE Commissions (Select only one) ❏ Parents ❏  Higher Education ❏  Retired Educators ❏ Superintendents ❏ Administration ❏  Governance in Education ❏  Instruction and Instructional Support ❏  Special Projects, Research & Evaluation

State Zip




Position/Title School District/Organization/Company Office Address City Office

Highest Degree earned: Degree Year Rec’d.

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Name of Affiliate of which you are a member If not currently a member of an Affiliate, would you like to be contacted for membership by the Affiliate in your local area?  ❏ Yes  ❏ No

Are you currently a student? ❏ Yes  ❏ No If yes, what major? College/University Expected Graduation Date

Send NABSE correspondence to:  ❏ Home  ❏ Business

MEMBERSHIP TYPE (PLEASE CHECK AS APPROPRIATE) ❏ Corporate............................ $2,000 ❏ Institutional........................ $1,000 ❏ Life.......................................... $900 ❏  Subscribing Life............... $150 (6 consecutive years) ❏ Individual............................. $100 ❏ Retired................................... $50 ❏  Student**.............................. $20

NABSE Foundation Participation q Diamond........................... $5,000 q  Founders.............................. $1,000 q Platinum............................... $500 q Gold................................... $100 q Silver...................................... $50 q Bronze................................... $25

**Student membership category applicable to full-time students who are NOT employed on a full-time basis.

PAYMENT INFORMATION Make Payable to NABSE Membership Dues  $        +  Foundation Contribution $        =  Total Enclosed $       Enclosed is a:  q Check  q  Money Order  q  Purchase Order #             I authorize NABSE to charge my:  q Visa  q  MasterCard  q  American Express Card Number

Exp. Date

Please print Authorizing Cardholder’s Name Signature Please Send Completed Application and Payments to: The National Alliance of Black School Educators 310 Pennsylvania Ave., SE • Washington, D.C. 20003 NABSE NewsBriefs • W i n t e r 2 0 1 2


Call For Proposals

2012 Conference Packet


National Alliance of Black School Educators

40th Annual Conference “Teaching & Learning: What is Working in America’s Classrooms that Impact the Success of Children of African Descent” The National Alliance of Black School Educators invites proposals for presentations and workshops for its 40th Annual Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tennessee, November 14 –18th. Conference Strands: The following are workshop strands that embrace key content areas that will assist educators in meeting State standards, including Common Core Standards, and prepare students to be college or career ready. Workshop pre­ senters must choose one of the workshop strands. Please note that proposals will be judged on the relevance to one of the strands. The workshops should be “hands on” and interactive. 1. Literacy – Strong reading, writing, and thinking skills are viewed as cornerstones of successful student performance in all content areas. Proposals should present a variety of strategies and best practices that provide students with a rich immersion into the numerous skills and habits necessary to become fluent readers and writers. Proposals should also offer structures and protocols that will assist teachers with assessing and analyzing students’ literacy skills. 2. STEM & Crossing the Digital Divide Through E-Learning – Proposals must present curriculum and best practices that enhance student achievement in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Proposals should include multi-sensory math techniques, up-to-date science classroom applications, and demonstrate how the use of digital tools, technology and social media enhances learning, and in turn, have a quantifiable impact on teaching and learning. Concrete examples and evidence of success through the utilization of proven methodologies are encouraged. 3. Arts Education – No matter the subject, performing and visual arts can be powerful teaching tools. When material is presented in creative ways, students make meaningful connections to the curriculum and become actively engaged learners. Proposals should present curriculum and best practices that enhance student achievement in the areas of visual art, music, dance, and theatre. Proposals should explore effective and unique instructional strategies and techniques that address everything from instrument pedagogy to musicianship and technology to the impact the arts has on early childhood education to the connection between vocal arts and language arts and everything in between. 4. Special Education – There are approximately 300,000 special education teachers in America’s classrooms today. There have been significant changes in the field of special education since the inception of the Education of All Handicapped Children Act (PL-94-142) was passed by Congress in 1975. Proposals must address current and shifting trends in classroom pedagogy in the context of special education. Among the issues that the proposals might address: the continuum of alternative placement, Response to Intervention, authentic assessment, inclusion, the use of instructional technology, and universal design for learning strategies. Basic Guidelines • All proposals must be submitted via the Online Proposal Submission Form which can be found at and clicking on 2012 NABSE Conference. • All proposals must be submitted electronically by Monday, April 30, 2012. • Presentations must be limited to one (1) hour and 30 minutes, unless otherwise noted. Presenters must also be able to present their session at any time during the Annual Conference. • The lead presenter must be a current NABSE Member. NABSE cannot pay honorariums, travel, lodging or any other additional costs associated with presenting at the Annual Conference. • NABSE will provide one podium, microphone, screen, LCD projector and Internet access for each workshop. • NABSE uses the Promethean ActivBoard in the workshop sessions for presenting and evaluating presentations. As a result, presenters of selected proposals must be able to send their presentation electronically to NABSE in advance of the Conference so that it may be properly set up for presenting. • Presenters may be able to sell their publications and/or multi-media products during the Conference in the NABSE Exhibition Hall ONLY. • The lead presenter will receive written notification on the status of their proposal electronically and by mail by Friday, June 1, 2012.


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Awards 2012

2012 Conference Packet

2012 NABSE Awards


ach year the National Alliance of Black School Educators recognizes distinguished individuals who have made national and international contributions to the education of African American educators and learners. These individuals have shared and exemplified the vision and mission of NABSE. The awards are collectively known as the NABSE Awards (formerly Hall of Fame Awards). Each year at the national conference NABSE honors those selected persons publicly at various conference events including the Annual Banquet. Herein is the chance for NABSE members and affiliates to nominate a person or organization for one or more of the following NABSE Awards: President’s Award  ✦  Hall of Fame Award Marcus Foster Distinguished Educator Award W.E.B. Dubois Higher Education Award  ✦  School Board Member of the Year Award Mary McLeod Bethune Outstanding Teacher Award  ✦  Principal of the Year Award Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award  ✦  Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award Living Legend Award  ✦  Lifetime Achievement Award General Criteria for All Awards • Nominations will be accepted only from current NABSE members and active financial affiliates. • NABSE officers, Commission Chairs and Award Committee members are not eligible to receive awards. • NABSE membership is required for all awardees. • All nominations require supporting documentation that must include a nominating essay written by the nominator and a biographical sketch of the nominee. The supporting documentation may also be in the form of newspaper clippings, citations, photographs of the nominee with trophies and/or plaques, links to online news stories, and links to videos celebrating or showcasing the nominee’s achievements. Please do not send valuables. We cannot return anything that is submitted. • All awardees must be present at the Annual Conference to receive the award. General Instructions for All Awards • Only one recipient will be selected for each of the award categories. • Nominations must be made for a specific award and must be accompanied by the appropriate documentation. • The official nomination form must be the first page of each packet. • Attach essay and supporting documentation to the nomination form. • The title of the award and the nominee’s name must appear on each supporting document page in the upper right corner. • Nomination forms and supporting documentation must be received by Monday, May 31, 2012. • Send two (2) copies of the nomination form and any attachments to: National Alliance of Black School Educators 2012 NABSE Awards Nominations 310 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20003 • The official nomination form and accompanying documentation may also be scanned and emailed to Ed Potillo at Please use the same instructions above in putting together the scanned packet. Please provide any links to online news stories as well as videos. An electronic confirmation will be sent upon receipt of the emailed packet. For additional information and applications please visit

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Awards 2012

2012 Conference Packet

2012 NABSE Awards Following are brief descriptions of all NABSE Awards: ✦ The President’s Award acknowledges significant spiritual and financial contributions to the NABSE community. ✦ The Hall of Fame Award is presented to members based upon their individual achievements in the field of education and their unique service and diligence in carrying out the mission of NABSE. ✦ The Marcus Foster Distinguished Educator Award is bestowed upon individuals who have exercised exceptional leadership qualities and who, through their talents, have made systemic impacts in the field of education. ✦ The W.E.B. DuBois Higher Education Award is bestowed upon individuals or organizations that are actively promoting or advocating higher education for African Americans, through research, instruction, funding/scholarships, or guidance and counseling, or who quest for equity and equal opportunity to learn. ✦ The Mary McLeod Bethune Outstanding Teacher Award is bestowed upon teachers whose innovative teaching techniques have led to an increase in student achievement through demonstrating unparalleled commitment and innovation toward enhancing the quality of instruction in the classroom. ✦ The Principal of the Year Award is bestowed upon principals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills that have led to a greater sense of student, teaching staff, and parental community support. ✦ The Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award is bestowed upon current superintendents who have demonstrated a quality of leadership that resulted in significant positive outcomes for students of African descent. ✦ The School Board Member of the year Award is bestowed upon local school board members who have demonstrated an unswerving commitment to representing and facilitating the educational needs of school children of African descent. ✦ The Ida B. Wells Risk Taker Award is bestowed upon individuals who have undergone great personal and professional sacrifice in the service of educational advancement for African Americans. ✦ The Living Legend Award is bestowed upon leaders in the African American community with a demonstrated commitment to local, regional or national progression of the African American community. ✦ The Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon individuals in recognition of their outstanding lifetime efforts and achievements to the African American community and the community-at-large. National Alliance of Black School Educators 2012 NABSE Awards Nominations 310 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20003 (202) 608-6319 (fax) For additional information and applications please visit


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Awards 2012

2012 Conference Packet

NABSE Awards Nomination Form Submission Guidelines: 1. Please type or print all entries. 2. Please use one form per nomination. You may duplicate this form as needed. 3. Staple all supporting documentation to the back of this form. Label each supporting document with the name of the award category and the nominee’s name in the upper right corner. You may write on the back of the form. 4. If you are sending the nominating packet electronically, please have all supporting documents follow this form when scanning the packet. 5. Please fill in this form completely. Award Category: About the Nominee: Nominee


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Email Address Home Address City

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Web links: Is this person a NABSE member in good standing?   ❑  Yes  ❑  No  ❑  I don’t know

I am pleased to nominate the above person Name


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Return completed submission form by fax to (202) 608-6319 or by email to Attn: 2012 NABSE Awards Nomination Submission Deadline: August 31, 2012 NABSE NewsBriefs • W i n t e r 2 0 1 2


Golf  Tournament

2012 Conference Packet

Emma L. Marshall Epps Golf Tournament The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) cordially invites you to tee off at the 14th Annual Emma L. Marshall Epps Golf Tournament held in conjunction with NABSE’s 40th Annual Conference, in Nashville, TN. (Proceeds from the golf tournament are applied towards the nabse African American Male Youth Leadership Summit.)

WHEN: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 WHERE: Gaylord Springs Golf Links  – Nashville, TN FORMAT:  Shotgun Start, 4 Player Scramble For a $125 donation, each golfer plays 18 holes of golf and will receive: •  Continental Breakfast •  Awards •  Door prizes, and other goodies

Special golf prizes will be awarded for: •  Longest Drive •  Closest-to-the-Pin

Sponsorship Opportunities: • $3,000 Hole-in-One Club – six (6) golf and lunch tickets, back page of tournament program, tee sponsorship sign, reception, nationwide newsletter acknowledgment and special recognition at lunch • $2,000 Eagle Club – four (4) golf and lunch tickets, green sponsorship sign, reception, program acknowledgment and recognition at lunch • $1,000 Birdie Club – three (3) golf and lunch tickets, sponsorship golf cart sign, reception, program acknowledgment and recognition at lunch • $500 Par Club – two (2) golf and lunch tickets, sponsorship, goodie bag, reception, and program acknowledgment • $50 Bogey Club – tax-deductible donation with name on patron list in tournament program • Tax-Deductible contributions of checks, games, door prizes, and other promotional items for the “goodie bags.” Traditional golf attire is required on the golf course. Golf shoes must have soft spikes and a collared shirt is required. T-shirts, undershirts, cut-offs, gym shorts, sweat suits and jeans (of any kind) are not permitted. **For additional information, contact: Ms. Lynda Jackson, Golf Chair at (313) 645-4628 or Dr. Emma L. Marshall Epps at (248) 489-7074 or Donnie Crenshaw at (615) 604-6171 or visit NABSE Conference Information at


NABSE NewsBriefs • W i n t e r 2 0 1 2

Golf  Tournament

2012 Conference Packet

14th Annual Emma L. Marshall Epps Presidential Classic Golf Tournament Official Registration Form  •  Nashville, TN FOURSOME ENTRY FORM (Please Print)    Name 1

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Tax Deductible Contribution All participation levels include lunch. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament will go towards the African American Male Youth Leadership Summit.

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Please Send Completed Form and Payment to NABSE or Fax to (202) 608-6319

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS 310 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20003 Address Service Requested

National Alliance of Black School Educators Board of Directors Carrol A. Thomas, Ed.D. President Bernard Hamilton, Ed.D. President-Elect Marietta English Recording Secretary Doreen E. Barrett, Ph.D. Treasurer Tai Jones Chapman Corporate Representative LaRuth Gray, Ph.D. Government Relations & Legislative Liaison to the Board

Commission Chairpersons

Regional Representatives

Ellis A. Alexander Governance in Education

Betty Maceo Midwest

Betty Goyens, Ed.D. Higher Education

T. Russell Hopewell Northeast

Gail Clark Dickson Special Projects, Research & Evaluation

Sandy Carpenter-Stevenson, Ed.D. West

Gerri H. Bohanan Instruction & Instructional Support

Kimberly Mitchell McLeod, Ph.D. Southwest

Ronald Williams, Ed.D. Administration

Geneva Stark Price, Ph.D. Southeast

Dwight Bonds Special Projects, Research & Evaluation

Jacqueline S. Herriott International

Wesley L. Boykin, Ph.D., M.P.H. Director, Charles D. Moody Institute

Lois Hopson Reeder Retired Educators

Quentin R. Lawson Executive Director

Fadhilika Atiba-Weza Superintendents

Tom Marshall Legal Counsel

Anthony White, Sr. Parents

National Alliance of Black School Educators Foundation Board of Directors Foundation Chairperson Nardos King Treasurer William J. Ellerbee, Jr., Ed.D. Secretary Gloria Butler Miller

Members Charlie Mae Knight, Ed.D. Carrol A. Thomas, Ed.D. Doreen E. Barrett, Ph.D. Charles Mitchell, Jr., Ed.D. Keith Greer Walter Burt, Ph.D.

Legal Counsel Derrick Humphries

NABSE NewsBriefs  

Winter/Spring 2012 Issue

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