Arizona Alliance of Black
Dr. Joy Lawson Davis
Dr. Davis is a career educator with over 40 years of experience. She is currently an Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Davis is a scholar, author and consultant, she is currently serving a second term on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. In addition to local district and university experiences, Davis served for five years as the Virginia State Specialist for K-12 Gifted services. Davis’ prior higher education experience was at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. She also served as the Director of the Center for Gifted Education at the University during her tenure there. Davis is a staunch advocate for equity in gifted education and diversity education. As such, Dr. Davis is often called upon by the school districts, organizations and the media to respond to issues related to how schools should address the needs of disenfranchised groups including culturally and racially diverse students and those from low socio-economic communities. She has been a program consultant, and served as a keynote speaker and distinguished guest lecturer in the USA, South Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Davis has published numerous articles, technical reports and book chapters. She writes a regular column for Teaching for High Potential, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children. Her award-winning book: ‘Bright,Talented & Black: a Guide for families of African American gifted learners’ is the first of its kind on the market to specifically address the advocacy needs of Black families raising gifted students. Her new book: Gifted Children of Color Around the World: Diverse Needs, Exemplary Practices and Directions for the Future is co-edited with Dr James L. Moore III. Dr. Davis holds master’s and doctorate degrees with a focus in Gifted Education from The College of William & Mary in Virginia.
"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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