Arizona Alliance of Black
Understanding & Teaching Social Change and Social Justice
Dr. Tamika Sander's passion is arts education and creating strategic partnerships between students, learning institutions, and the communities in which they reside in. To further her goal of integrating arts education into schools and communities, Dr. Sanders started her company Savvy Pen in 2009. The primary goal of Savvy Pen is to create interactive programs that incorporate arts learning and training to bridge cultural and socioeconomic divides between educators and students.
Dr. Sander’s work in the community earned her an invitation to speak at the TEDx Phoenix Salon about community sustainability in 2012, a Community Luminary Award in 2014, and a nomination for the 2015 Humanities Rising Star Award for individuals using creative approaches to engage the public in humanities topics. Her goal is to continue using innovative programs to break barriers, empower youth, and create social change
In the wake of current political and social problems, the need for educators to understand and teach social justice issues has never been greater! However, in order to teach social justice issues, educators must fully understand what social justice issues are and how they create social change. This workshop will equip participants with resources and activities that can be used in K-12 or College classrooms to teach students about social justice and enable them to create social change effectively in areas they feel it is needed.
"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.