Arizona Alliance of Black

School Educators

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.