Alliance teaches how to help Black AV youth
Annual parent conference educates everyone
Throughout the school year, test results come out that detail how well California students are doing in math, language arts and other subjects.
Inevitably, when the statistics are taken apart and looked at by ethnic group, African American youngsters are not doing well. That is the case on a state-wide basis. It’s the case in the nation’s second largest school district—Los Angeles Unified School District; and it is the same in the Antelope Valley.
Lisa Oates, head of the High Desert Alliance of Black School Educators (HDABS), which is an affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, said her organization recognizes the challenges African American children face by holding a parent symposium every January, and by inviting people to come to their monthly meetings.
“We meet the second Tuesday of each month at the Greenhouse Cafe in the Antelope Valley mall starting at 6 p.m. We order dinner, and usually have a different workshop presenter at each meeting,” explained Oates. One goal of the monthly meetings is to help parents, teachers and administrators connect with the resources available.
The alliance will hold its fourth annual parent symposium Jan. 29 at Eastside High School, and the event is an opportunity for parents to discuss concerns about their offspring, to get information about their rights and what they can expect. Additionally Oates said teachers, administrators and classified personnel can attend to gain information on how to work with African American pupils.
Students are also give techniques to help them better engage in school.
“The workshops include how to teach students (who) can be reluctant to participate in the process. They haven’t figured out yet why this is relevant to them,” Oates explained.
She continued that there is also a need to learn how to take into account the baggage students bring to school and unload and unpack at their desks. “We talk to teachers about ways they can help their students filter that and put it into perspective so the learning they need takes place.”
The platform the High Desert Alliance is utilizing to try to change the educational direction of Black youngsters in the Antelope Valley comes from the national alliance’s educational blueprint that says education is a civil right.
In addition to all of these activities, Oates said her group gives away scholarships to deserving youngsters from the area, and will hold its next fundraiser business breakfast meeting Tuesday beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Palmdale. The cost is $30 for non members and $24 for members.
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