Arizona Alliance of Black
Jennette Harper is a lifelong educator with thirty-six years of experience teaching Mathematics in grades 6th through Adult Ed. She has been an administrator for the past sixteen years in charge of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment and most recently overseeing the Secondary Curriculum and Instruction of Rialto Unified. She is a member of the State Network of Educators who assists in developing the Digital Library in conjunction with the Smarter Balance Consortium and the Common Core Standards. She has a passion for students and their learning. She currently is a Board member of the California Association for the Gifted and is a past President and current Board member of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 12.
"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.