Arizona Alliance of Black
Dr. Tamika Sander is an entrepreneur and educator. Her company Savvy Pen is
dedicated to extending learning beyond the classroom through public programming and
strategic partnerships that infuse arts, education, and the community. Through Savvy
Pen, Dr. Sanders prides herself on working with schools to build inclusive classrooms,
conduct multicultural trainings for educators, and create interactive programs that bridge
cultural and socioeconomic divides. She hopes to continue using the arts to break
barriers, unite people, and create social change.
Engaging Disengaged Students
We know that most of our students are bored and disengaged in school. This is evident in the 2015 Gallup Survey, which showed that only 32% of high school juniors reported that they were “involved and enthusiastic about school.” Almost worse, only 17% said that they have fun in school and “get to do what they do best” in school. These results tell us that we need to try a different approach. Culture is an essential part of education that can be used to assist educators with student engagement. Researchers advocated that curriculum and programming that target only academic aspects of a student’s life may miss out on the opportunity to engage students’ learning beyond the classroom.
This presentation will provide educators with tools and activities that will assist them
with incorporating aspects of students’ personal and social culture to spark a love for
learning and allow students agency over their own learning.
"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.