Arizona Alliance of Black
Math Fluency in Problem Solving
Math has its own language and helping students to become fluent in that language will occur with these researched based strategies! Conferees will discover an array of fluency techniques that WILL strengthen the mathematical intelligence of ALL students. This experience will help school leaders, teachers, and curriculum specialists become aware of neurological, phonological, and retention techniques that will help ensure all students retain information and improve mathematically.
Dr. Courtney Johnson spent nearly 20 years in schools collecting experiences as a teacher, math instructional coach, and administrator. Dr. Johnson taught every grade level from pre-kindergarten thru grade 8. He spent time as a math instructional coach where he was able to perfect the same skill sets that are being used in “Math Fluency in Problem Solving Gr. 3-5.” After his time as a math coach, Dr. Johnson spent 5 years as an administrator at the elementary and secondary levels.
"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.