Arizona Alliance of Black
Rayco Branch, MSW, M.Ed was born and raised in Champaign, IL. A product of an amazing mother and absent, drug addicted father, she received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in school social work and a master’s degree in adult education and training. Despite being raised in a single parent, low income home Rayco rose above her circumstances and has taught from elementary to adult education. Her certifications include: Type 03: Elementary Education (IL), Type 73: School Service Personnel: School Social Worker (IL), AZ Certified: Highly Qualified Elementary Education (K-8) and Middle Grades Language Arts and AZ Certified: Highly Qualified High School English. She is a Golden Apple Scholar trained in: Balanced Literacy, Jumpstart-Mastering Anger, Self-Discipline and Emotional Control, PBIS, and Kids at Hope. A persistent advocate for the disenfranchised, Rayco currently works as a Behavior Interventionist Specialist in Phoenix Union High School District. With all of that said, her commitment to education and social justice is best exemplified in her two beautiful children Quatro (11) and Ella Leanay (7) who are not just highly gifted children, but who led to her being featured in Black Enterprise Magazine for her effective co-parenting with her ex-husband. Both professionally and at home, Rayco Lean Branch is the embodiment of a ‘Master Educator’!
Parents-A Child's First and Forever: Teacher, Advocate and Protector
The education of our children is the responsibility of the schools, right? WRONG! School is a supplemental tool but YOU, the parents, are the essential ingredients. We are their first teachers, advocates, and protectors and that role never ends. A proper education lays the foundation for a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. No one will ever be more committed to your kids’ future than you. But how do we help our children maneuver a broken school system? What are our specific roles as parents? This workshop will answer those questions and more. Identifying your own strengths and weaknesses, research and regulation, protection and mitigation of outside influences are just a few of the tools to be covered in this essential presentation. Education is vital for life-long success. Let’s do our part to give our kids a fighting chance. This is how…
"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.