Arizona Alliance of Black
Martín Pérez, Jr grew up in Compton, California, and was the first in his family to attend and graduate college. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley, he joined Teach For America in the Alhambra School District. He currently serves as the Assistant Principal of Operations & Academic Services at Academia Del Pueblo with Friendly House, Inc. Martin has extensive experience engaging students in a transformative, constructive and integrative learning style. He was recognized as one of Arizona’s 40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders for his community and state-wide leadership. In 2014, Martín was named Alhambra School District’s Teacher of the Year. On his free time Martin enjoys exploring the outdoor adventures Arizona offers, spending time with his beautiful wife and best buddy- boxer puppy, Canelo.
This workshop will analyze the school to prison pipeline’s devastating consequences on students, its causes, and its disproportionate impact on students of color. More importantly, it will identify and describe specific, evidence-based tools to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline that school administrators and teachers can immediately support and implement.
Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tools for Change
“Sometimes those who care deeply about social justice are guilty of spending more time admiring the problem than solving the problem." –Dr. John King, Jr., Acting U.S. Secretary of Education
"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.