Urban Boards Alliance Program

◉ UBA supports and equips school boards with the knowledge, skills, training, and experiences to address and improve the educational outcomes of students and schools in challenging environments.

◉ Challenging environments and issues are not unique to only urban schools and invites and encourages participation from rural and suburban districts who also face these challenges.

◉ No separate fee for UBA, the services and resources are available as part of COSSBA membership. We believe so strongly in this service that participation is included in the membership paid by the state association members.

◉ A fee is charged for the annual UBA Symposium where district’s share best practices.

◉ The UBA Advisors group is made up of both school board members and executive directors. This Advisory helps facilitate, plan, monitor and recommend changes to the UBA program.

Through COSSBA's UBA programming, all school boards and governance teams will better understand the issues and share best practices to effectively support and serve all students.

UBA Programs

UBA Webinar Series – Episode 3

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 | 4:00 PM EST

Join us for an insightful webinar as we address the unique challenges faced by over 9.3 million public school students in rural environments in ensuring their consistent access to high-quality education. In this engaging session, we are privileged to host two distinguished speakers: Dr. Donya Ball, an author and Charter School superintendent from California, and Yolanda Valdez, an experienced district administrative leader and superintendent of a rural school district in California.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Understanding the Distinct Challenges: Gain insights into the specific hurdles faced by rural schools in delivering consistent, quality education.
  • Proven Strategies for Success: Learn from the experiences of Dr. Ball and Ms. Valdez as they discuss effective methods for meeting the diverse needs of students in rural settings.
  • Empowering Communities: Discover collaborative approaches to engage stakeholders, empower educators, and create a supportive learning environment.
  • Leveraging Technology and Resources: Explore innovative tools and resources that can revolutionize educational access and outcomes in high-needs areas.
  • Building Resilience and Sustainability: Gain practical advice on developing long-term strategies to ensure the continued success of rural education initiatives.

Who Should Attend:

  • Superintendents and Administrators of Rural Schools
  • Educators and Teachers in Rural Settings
  • Education Policy Makers and Advocates
  • Community Leaders and Stakeholders in Rural Education