Education and Philanthropy have invested millions of dollars to "close the achievement gap", and despite our best efforts, it still persists. Maybe the problem is in the paradigm. There is no achievement gap, there is a gap in the systemic delivery of solutions for students of color. This experience will engage participants to reimagine education in ways that create equity and navigate obstacles disrupting our students pathway to fulfilling their greatest potential.
Changing the Achievement Paradigm
Arizona Alliance of Black
Calvin Terrell is founder and lead facilitator of Social Centric; an organization he designed to provide education and training for all ages to enhance human interactions and global progress. He is a former Assistant Director of the National Conference for Community Justice/Anytown USA Arizona Region. He has taught for Upward Bound at Arizona State University and the Arizona National Guard’s Freedom Academy. For more than twenty years, Calvin has lectured, trained, and lead comprehensive workshops for valuing diversity, equity, and justice building in schools, corporations, and civic organizations for thousands of adults, children, and youth throughout the United States.
Richard Crews is a social justice advocate and educator that has worked from the streets of South Phoenix to the Boardrooms and Backrooms of Corporate America to best facilitate results for communities of color Calvin Terrell is a Social Justice Warrior who has traveled the country for over 30 years, working with communities and schools to deepen equity and disrupt Systemic Racism and Whire Supremacy in our schools. He is currently the founder and Program Coordinator of his Non Profit The SocialCentric Institute (Pronounced as Sky)
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"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
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.