Arizona Alliance of Black
Dr. Anna Battle is married to Greg Battle and they are parents of 4 boys: Avory, Allante, Anders and Adonis Battle. Her profession as educator in the Tempe Union High School District includes being a teacher for 6 years, a secondary school principal for 15 years, an assistant principal/athletic director for five years and currently an Assistant Superintendent. She has taught administration, leadership, and principalship courses for universities in Arizona. As collegiate athlete at Arizona State University and then a teacher and coach of high-school students for a myriad school sports, Dr. Battle takes every opportunity to teach teachers and administrators effective strategies to improve academic, athletic and leadership skills to high school students and other adults in secondary schools.
Dr. Battle completed a Bachelor of Arts in the area of Special Education, K–12, and a Master of Education in the area of Secondary Education, Reading specialist and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Supervision all from Arizona State University. She has completed a Superintendent Certification at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Battle was honored by the National AdvancED Council for her leadership as a secondary school principal in 2010, AIA Pursuing Victory with Honor Award 2013 and the NAACP Education Image
Her professional affiliations have included membership in these organizations: National Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers (Discipline), National Association of Secondary School Principals (Arizona Director), and Arizona School Administrators Association (East Valley representative), Arizona Department of Education Certification and Review Committee and Arizona State Council, and AdvancED/North Central Association. Presently, she serves as the Arizona Interscholastic Association Vice President and a member of the National Federation of High School Sports Board.
As the former principal of Desert Vista High School, Desert Vista High School received considerable recognition as the best college-prep high school in Arizona. U.S. News and World Report honored Desert Vista High School as one of the top schools in the nation. She authored Trust and Leadership in (2010), which stresses the importance in schools’ relationships among teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Additionally, she is a co-author of The Principal as Student Advocate book released September 2011.
"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.