Arizona Alliance of Black
Keith Greer, current Superintendent of Tonto Basin School District and former principal of Maricopa County Regional School District, Coolidge, and Casa Grande Union High School is a nationally recognized, award winning administrator noted for his innovative approach to school improvement. Currently he served as a Senior Partner with the firm The Greer Group, LLC; a veteran educator, Mr. Greer spent 6 years as principal of Casa Grande Union High School one of the largest rural high schools in Arizona with a student population of over 3400. During his tenure, the school achieved increased graduation rates, improved standardized test scores, an 85% reduction in incidences of fighting, a 70% reduction in suspensions and a reduced drop- out rate of 1% from a previous high of 45% Casa Grande Union High School also has been recognized and awarded for its numerous school improvement achievements which includes the state of Arizona’s Spotlight on Success Award and mention in US News and World Report as one of the Top Schools in the country.
He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Phoenix and Mesa Community College. Mr. Greer's presentations and workshops have made him a highly demanded speaker and consultant. While the story of Casa Grande Union High School and its successful turn-around is aspiring and motivating, Mr. Greer also delvers clear-cut, practical strategies for leaders and schools that outline a path for success. Mr. Greer is also the past Arizona State President of the Arizona Association of Black School Educators and has served The National Association of Black Educators since 1995 and is a former national board member.
"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
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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.