Arizona Alliance of Black
The Power of Stories in Education
We all have a story. As educational leaders, it’s important that we share our stories with those we impact. Studies show that we are wired to remember stories much more than data, facts and figures. Stories are an effective tool to advocate for your ideas, especially when you can weave facts and figures into your story. Stories shape how others see you. Stories are tools of power. Stories persuade. How does your education story reach your students, families and colleagues to make a positive impact on overall student achievement?
Mr. Brian E. Johnson has spent nearly 20 years in schools as a teacher and administrator. Originally from Michigan, Mr. Johnson began his education career as an elementary school teacher ranging from grades 2-5. He has spent the last ten years of his career as an administrator in Arizona where he currently serves as the Principal at John F. Long Elementary (K-5) in the Cartwright School District in Phoenix.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.