ASBA Black Alliance

Join the Black Alliance

Are you ready to get more involved in leading for increased equity and opportunity? Take part in state-level dialogue and action improving the academic achievement of the students you serve. Membership in the Black Alliance is open to all school board members interested in doing more to meet and address the specific educational needs of students of color in their communities.

Be the voice for your students

School board members are teachers, business executives, parents, retirees…you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to improve the educational achievement of ALL in public schools. The more Alliance members we have involved, informed and prepared to lead on inequities and disparities, the bigger impact we can all make.

Does your district serve students of color?

If so, we encourage you to become an Alliance member and begin to advocate on behalf of your community. Members of the Black Alliance work to inform the discussion about closing opportunity and achievement gaps for African American students that attend district public schools in Arizona.

The ASBA Black Alliance works to energize, strategize and organize for inclusive quality education. View our vision, mission and goals.

Vision

Closing the achievement gap by providing policies for student success that educate and inspire all students to be successful citizens of the world.

Mission

To create a network of committed school board members to identify and advocate for solutions that impact black students, in order to improve achievement.

Our Goals

  • To promote equity in quality education for all students, with emphasis on the unique needs of Black students.
  • To promote a non-bias approach among school board members, their fellow board members, their communities, political leaders and ASBA.

Membership

There are several ways to become active with the Alliance:

Join the Black Alliance

Alliance members receive the opportunity to consider best practices and advocate for change to improve educational opportunities for African American students and other minorities in public schools.

Alliance members get the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other school board members and state leaders. Members share dialogue on educational problems, issues and concerns in conjunction with ASBA. The president of the Black Alliance also serves on the ASBA Board of Directors.

Despite some significant academic gains over the years, serious achievement gaps persist among many of our students. The alliances contribute to the development of professional and leadership development opportunities throughout the year.

2020 – 2022 Black Alliance Officers
President – Lindsay Love (Chandler USD)
Vice President – Berdetta Hodge (Tempe UHSD)

The ASBA Black Alliance has adopted and endorsed the policy recommendations set forth in the “2013 Arizona Minority Student Progress Report: Arizona in Transformation,” published by the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center and available to view online.

P-12 Education

GOAL: Develop the cultural competency of Arizona teachers so they are prepared to educate all of Arizona’s students.

Increase ESL endorsements
Increase language requirements for teachers in the form of a mandatory English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement to benefit teachers’ understanding of how English Language Learner (ELL) students learn and how to meet their needs. Continued emphasis must be placed on providing ELL services that ensure students’ proficiency in Academic English, as the current ELL level of English is inadequate for long-term academic and workforce success

Increase teacher diversity
Increase the number of students in the pipeline for teacher preparation programs who will be culturally competent to deliver quality education to all Arizona students.

Enhance teachers’ cultural competency
Provide quality, culturally competent professional development for Arizona teachers.

Postsecondary Education

GOAL: Decrease educational attainment disparities, especially for Arizona’s growth populations.

Reduce racial/ethnic disparities
Set concrete goals to close disparities between students of color and White students in the state as well as “adult” populations in both workforce and education success.

Restore and create financial aid programs
Restore state postsecondary scholarships and institute programs to accelerate graduation as incentives for participation in postsecondary education and to reduce loan debt on first-generation and low-income students, many of whom are students of color.

Expand initiatives that work
Extend existing tools up and down the age spectrum to enhance student and workforce success.

Secure funding to continue innovation
Identify and/or refocus a dedicated state-level funding stream to expand pilot projects proven successful at increasing the participation of lower socioeconomic students in programs such as dual enrollment, AP courses, and SAT and ACT at no cost to the students or their family.