Arizona Alliance of Black
Zip Code Project: Collaborating with Communities to Reengage Youth
Abstract: This session will focus on the Zip Code Project and the work the Arizona Department of Education is doing to assist youth become successful, contributing members of the community. This project is currently focused on four communities around Arizona: Chinle, Ajo, South Phoenix, and West Phoenix/Maryvale. The Zip Code Project leverages public-private partnerships to identify and implement solutions and resources to prevent to assist with dropout prevention and support alternative paths to success.
Christopher Dickinson is the Director of Community Outreach and the manager of the Zip Code Project at the Arizona Department of Education. He began his career at the Department of Education in 2004 working on the professional development team. Over the years, Christopher has moved to several different units within the department such as Title I, ELL, and Migrant Education. The team Christopher manages now includes Homeless Education, Youth in Foster Care, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Recovery, and Community partnerships and outreach.
"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
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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.