Arizona Alliance of Black
Jacqui Clay, a native of Queens, New York, is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major of 25 years and has lived in Arizona for 18 years. She has been an educator for 15 years, serving as Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE). Ms. Clay currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools in Cochise County; her responsibilities spans 21 school districts, and over 23,000 students.
She has been recognized as Teacher of the year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and locally in her community; she was also selected as Arizona's Career and Technical Education Administrator of the Year. Ms. Clay was nominated for Sierra Vista’s Women in Action Award and featured in the book, "Gratitude Revealed, A Tribute to Women with Undaunting Commitment and Humility." She is also a member of AdvancEd’s national school accreditation and STEM accreditation team. Ms. Clay currently serves in the elected position, Superintendent of Cochise County Schools.
Ms. Clay has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology/Business Management, a Master’s degree Educational Technology, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, and is now pursuing a Doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis on Education.
She currently lives in Hereford Arizona and is married to James D. Clay. They have 7 children and 19 amazing grandchildren.
Why Are We Here? Analyzing Education Through Systems Thinking
Systems Thinking is the concept of looking at the whole in order to understand the parts. It looks at the parts, the whole and the connections between the parts. When we view our educational system as a living system, which is the concept that the organization is the sum of its entities; we are able to see the various moving parts that must be maintained to operate efficiently. An educational system that understands its interdependency is destined for success which is the catalyst for economic growth and sustainability within the community, state and nation.
"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
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.
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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