Arizona Alliance of Black
ADEs Culturally Inclusive Practices: Implementation guidance for local educational agencies
Cultural diversity is clearly evident within our school environments. Educational environments must adjust nimbly to the needs of students, thus, culturally inclusive practices are critical. This session will focus on ADEs Culturally Inclusive Practices: Implementation guidance for local educational agencies, which identifies the importance in addressing professional development, curriculum, instruction, and school climate and environment.
Raquel Alvara, M. Ed., Education Program Specialist, Effective Teachers & Leaders Unit, Arizona Department of Education (ADE): Raquel Alvara has over seventeen years working within a variety of educational environments including public education, higher education, and state and federally funded educational programs. Collaboration has played a significant role in her professional career. Serving as a member of the Culturally Inclusive Practices Committee has rejuvenated her curriculum goals in working collaboratively with educational leaders from Arizona in delivering guidance and support to local educational agencies in addressing cultural responsive pedagogy, multiculturalism, and positively impacting student achievement.
"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
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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.