Arizona Alliance of Black
Introducing 2017-18 Closing the Gap School Tours!
As the gap between the diversity of students and teachers continues to increase, schools are searching for ways to connect with students and enhance learning beyond the classroom. The Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators (AzABSE) is dedicated to lowering the achievement gap between minority students and their counterparts. We would like to recognize schools that are making efforts to develop innovative teaching methods, curriculum, special events, or after school programs to lessen the achievement gap and get
students excited about learning.
If your school is making such strides, AzABSE would like to provide you with an opportunity to showcase your endeavors with educators and the community at large. Our hope is to create a network for community learning in which educators can share, listen, and learn from one another.
The showcase can be held at your school and should be one to two hours in length.
AzABSE will showcase schools each month from September to November, 2017 and January to April, 2018. If you would like to participate, please complete the information sheet by July 31, 2017.
"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.