Planning, Preparation & Purpose: Utilizing Excellence to Motivate Students, Teams and Self
Presentation abstract: This presentation will provide participants with strategies that challenge current understandings of what leadership is, what it looks like in today’s educational landscape and the importance of utilizing your unique, lived experiences to shape your leadership style and vision
Dr. Louis Laffite, Jr., is an instructional trailblazer who partners with thought leaders across the country to improve outcomes for learners of all ages and demographics. With more than two decades dedicated to the field of education, Laffitte’s critical insight into what drives teaching and learning has benefited students and colleagues alike.
With a career path focused on empowering the disenfranchised, Laffitte has been a voice and advocate for change, which has benefited the many leadership roles he’s undertaken as an educator. These roles include principal, special education director, human resources director and assistant superintendent. He is currently the superintendent at an award-winning school system in Arizona. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, Laffitte is also an adjunct lecturer at a college in Arizona. Laffitte received his Ed.D. from Pepperdine University in Educational Leadership.
Arizona Alliance of Black
"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.