Arizona Alliance of Black
George Benjamin Brooks, Jr. Ph.D. is the founder and owner of the NxT Horizon Group, a consulting firm focusing on sustainable solutions for contemporary problems with particular expertise in urban agriculture, aquaponics, STE(A)M education, inclusion and small business. He earned a BS in zoology from Arizona State University and a MS in biology (marine) at San Diego State University. Dr. Brooks earned a Ph.D., in wildlife and fisheries sciences, along with the Centennial Achievement Award at the University of Arizona. He specializes in urban food systems, economic development, aquaponic aquaculture, sustainability, NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act), diversity, Science Technology Engineering (the Arts) and Mathematics (STE(A)M) education, urban planning and transformational leadership.
A popular public speaker, Dr. Brooks has served on numerous boards and commissions including as the first executive director of the Arizona Commission on African American Affairs (under then Governor Janet Napolitano), the Central Arizona Project (the organization that manages one half of the water provided to central Arizona), the Phoenix Union High School District, the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves as Vice Chair of PlanPhx the team that wrote the 2015 City of Phoenix General Plan, Vice Chair of the South Mountain Village Planning Committee and on the board of the Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce.
"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.