Arizona Alliance of Black
After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Health Related Professions, he began his teaching career in Tucson.
In 1998 he moved to Chandler and began teaching and coaching at the Chandler Unified School District. In the fall of 2000, he joined Hamilton’s administrative team and in the spring of 2005, he was named principal of Payne Junior High School.
In the spring of 2007, he was selected to the position of Director of Secondary Education and in 2012, was named Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. In his current position he is responsible for supervising seven junior high schools, six high schools, two alternative schools and one online school totaling over 22,000 students. During this time, he also received his doctorate of education from Arizona State University.
In order to empower students with the knowledge necessary to successfully navigate the educational systems of school, opportunities of access must be a continuous focus. This strand will give ideas on how administrators can create opportunities to engage students and parents to enhance the educational experience. This can be done through monitoring student academic success, ensuring open access to educational programing and increasing enrollment in honors level courses. Access to the appropriate education increases opportunity.
Craig L. Gilbert, Ed. D.
How can administrators increase student academic opportunities?
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.
"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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