Let’s Laugh! Because It Will Change Our Lives
Gerri "Ayize" Bohanan is a former NABSE Instruction & Instructional Support (IIS) Commission Chair, Communicator and current NABSE IIS co-sponsor of the Teacher Leadership Summits in different NABSE affiliate states including AzABSE. Gerri officially retired in January 2018! Yay! She continues to process her life in a productive joyful matter. Since January 2018, she spreads Laughter Yoga exercises: Let's Laugh! sessions around the world, teach online courses as an adjunct instructor at Baltimore City Community College, as well as created and sponsored CSU Toastmasters at Coppin State University in 2016 and continues to serve it.
In addition, to a Johns Hopkins University masters degree, Bohanan is certified in several areas including Johns Hopkins University graduate Mind, Brain and Teaching in 2014 and Laughter Yoga International University Laughter Yoga Leadership in 2017. Over several years, Gerri has received awards including NABSE Living Legend Award in 2017.
Laughter Yoga is not about jokes, comedy, or humor. It’s not just a physical exercise. There is evidence that it provides wisdom, intelligence, and positive attitudes within the body-mind wellness of children, adults and seniors. Once the body and mind starts laughing on a regular basis, it will automatically bring attitudinal changes in one’s behavior. This is a way to become more loving, caring and forgiving. Not only will you laugh in the laughter session, you will carry the spirit of laughter throughout the day. Laughter Yoga methods will give you guidelines and practical skills to do laughter with students, family and others. Once the body gets the intelligence of laughing without a reason, people can even laugh all by themselves anytime and anywhere. There are ways Laughter Yoga will bring happiness to yourself and others.
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.