Arizona Alliance of Black
Social Justice and Literacy: Using Data to Diagnose and Combat Low Reading Skills in Title I Schools
This workshop will examine the inherent connection between social justice and literacy. Statistics show that low reading skills contribute to societal ills like poverty, incarceration, and school dropout rates. African-Americans are disproportionately represented in many of these areas. African American students in Arizona have the lowest literacy rates with 59% performing below proficiency in reading. Learn ways to use data to diagnose and combat low reading skills and save our children.
LaTonya Jones, NBCT is a Community Literacy Advocate who firmly believes that literacy is social justice. She has spent more than 20 years in education as a literacy coach, reading specialist, and most importantly, a classroom teacher to gifted, regular, and special education students. She is a National Board certified teacher in Early/Middle Childhood Literacy. She is also a certified K-12 reading interventionist and National Education Association Master Teacher. LaTonya has never met a child she could not teach to read. She has created reading curriculum for local and national organizations. She currently works with community organizations who recognize that many children in impoverished areas are unable to read on grade level. She assists them by providing training and identifying resources to help them analyze and assess reading skills in order to fill the gaps and move them to proficiency.
"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.