Arizona Alliance of Black
Janelle Wood is a woman who loves and reverences the Lord. She is in love with her husband of 23 years and has been blessed to have a beautiful son and family. Janelle earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University and her Masters of Arts degree in Biblical Leadership from Phoenix Seminary. She currently works in the insurance industry in the Claims Department and is a part of the management team. She has always had a heart for those in need and a passion to build up the people within her community. Janelle is the founder of Black Mothers Forum, Inc., a movement of black mothers coming together to end the bloodshed in the black community, especially our black sons. She is also the founder of a homeless ministry and served as a teacher, coach and mentor to women released from prison who desired to serve the Lord; restore broken relationships; and who desired to become positive influences within their respective communities. She has served as a pastor in the women's prison, various boards, Chief of Staff for the Phoenix City Council, Interim CEO of a women's international leadership development ministry, as well as, provided leadership development training to Christian women leaders from Egypt, Iraq, Jerusalem and Jordan. She is a member of Valley Leadership and Flinn Brown Civic Leadership, which are organizations that promote community development and growth. Janelle's prayer is that she will be a radiant light in dark places and leave a trail of hope, peace and love.
"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
1334 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. #5-D32
Phoenix, AZ 85048
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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.