Arizona Alliance of Black
Rachel Yanof is the first Executive Director of Achieve60AZ, the grass-roots, community-based, statewide attainment goal. Rachel came to Arizona in 2003 as a Teach For America corps member. Rachel taught eighth grade history at C.O. Greenfield in the Roosevelt School District for four years. Following that life-changing experience, Rachel was accepted to the Building Excellent Schools Fellowship and from that founded Phoenix Collegiate Academy in 2009 in South Phoenix serving a 95% Title I population. Phoenix Collegiate Academy, under Rachel's leadership, was the Arizona Charter School of the Year in 2011 and saw over 80% of high school graduates go to a 4-year university. Upon choosing to move on from PCA, the school had expanded to three campuses and a full K-12 offering. As a passionate educator, Rachel sits on various boards such as First Things First Phoenix South, Support My Club, and the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. Rachel earned her BA from Georgetown University, and her MA from Arizona State University. She has been married to Joe since 2010 and they have three amazing and energetic young children.
"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.