Join the Black Caucus
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 Caucus 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 caucus 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 a caucus member and begin to advocate on behalf of your community. Members of the Black Caucus 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 Caucus works to energize, strategize and organize for inclusive quality education. View our vision, mission and goals.
Closing the achievement gap by providing policies for student success that educate and inspire all students to be successful citizens of the world.
To create a network of committed school board members to identify and advocate for solutions that impact black students, in order to improve achievement.
- 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.
There are several ways to become active with the caucus:
Regular Membership is open to any elected or appointed member of a public board of education in Arizona that is an active member of ASBA. The annual membership fee for an individual board members is $25. Full boards may join for $100/year.
Associate Memberships are open to district-level staff from ASBA member districts and former board members ($25/year).
Friends of the Caucus Memberships are open to other individuals interested in supporting the work of the caucus ($25/year).
Caucus 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.
Caucus 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 Caucus also serves on the ASBA Board of Directors.
This year the Black Caucus will be meeting on the following dates:
Dec. 15 at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference (Biltmore Conference Center, Phoenix)
Dates for 2018 will soon be posted.
Despite some significant academic gains over the years, serious achievement gaps persist among many of our students. The caucuses contribute to the development of professional and leadership development opportunities throughout the year.
2017 -2019 Black Caucus Officers
President – Devin Del Palacio (Tolleson UHSD)
Vice President – Gail Knight (Balsz ESD)
Treasurer – Maxine Hill (Agua Fria UHSD)
Secretary – Yulonda Boutte (Sierra Vista USD)
The ASBA Black Caucus 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.
- School Safe Zones
- Building A Multiracial, Multi-generational Equity Movement – PowerPoint
- Anti-Hate Resolution
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.
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.