Arizona Alliance of Black
Zel Fowler is an elementary school teacher who specializes in teaching gifted and talented students. Ms. Fowler has taught for ten years in an urban school district, and is recognized for her unique and engaging teaching style that creates partnerships and enhances student achievement. Ms. Fowler holds reading and gifted endorsement. Her extended professional development includes the completion of Phoenix Country Day School’s Alliance for Teachers Excellence with and ASU’s MSP Science and Literacy with programs. Ms. Fowler is currently pursuing an Educational Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Fowler holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education degree from University of Phoenix, a Gifted and Reading endorsement, and BA in Integrative Studies from Arizona State University.
Ms Fowler has provided students with numerous opportunities through partnering programs that she has developed and facilitated such as Youth Court, track and field, Community Connections, and FIT Science. She also revitalized the Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators, a non-profit organization, in which she serves as the President and CEO. Ms. Fowler also founded the STEAM Enrichment Program at Grand Canyon University in which she collaborates with engineers and other professionals to service students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and the Arts. Ms. Fowler established gifted programs, and directs an annual production of the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education. Ms. Fowler is dedicated to educating and servicing students with a focus on eliminating academic achievement gaps through culturally responsive teaching.
"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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Phoenix, AZ 85048
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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.