In the vibrant tapestry of Alabama's education landscape, the role of parent engagement is paramount. For Black Alabamians, active involvement in their children's education is not just a choice; it's a powerful tool for shaping a brighter future. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of parent engagement, discuss how to do it right, and understand the essence of parent engagement itself. Understanding Parent Engagement: Parent engagement is more than just attending parent-teacher conferences or school events. It is a holistic approach that involves parents actively participating in their child's learning journey. This includes supporting academic endeavors, fostering a positive learning [...]
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Access to quality education is a cornerstone of empowerment and progress. In Alabama, numerous scholarship opportunities exist to support the educational aspirations of Black students. This blog aims to shine a spotlight on these initiatives, providing a valuable resource for those seeking financial assistance to pursue their academic dreams. 1. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs): Alabama boasts several renowned HBCUs, each offering scholarship programs that empower Black students. From tuition assistance to merit-based scholarships, these institutions are committed to fostering educational excellence and advancing the African American community. 2. Statewide Programs: Explore Alabama's statewide scholarship programs designed to uplift Black [...]
Lakendra Thomas, a Birmingham native, is an accomplished educator with five years of experience in teaching and postsecondary advising. In addition to her dedication to education, she serves as an Army National Guard soldier, showcasing her commitment to both her community and her country. Lakendra holds a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from The University of Alabama, where she gained valuable knowledge and skills to excel in her teaching career. Recognizing the importance of continuous learning, she pursued a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Liberty University. As a first-generation college student, Lakendra understands the significance of education in transforming [...]
Education is a fundamental cornerstone of individual growth and societal progress, and it's widely recognized that a supportive community plays a vital role in a student's educational journey. Within the Black community, educational equity and representation have been ongoing challenges for generations. However, a rising movement, BlackAL4Edu, is determined to reshape the narrative surrounding Black education by placing the spotlight on community empowerment and advocacy. The Challenges Faced by Black Parents and Students Before we delve into BlackAL4Edu's incredible work, it's essential to acknowledge the unique challenges that Black students have faced throughout history. Systemic racism, socioeconomic disparities, inadequate educational resources, [...]
Parental involvement is a cornerstone of a child's educational journey. For Black families in Alabama, engaging in your child's education is not only a means to academic success but also a path toward empowerment and equity. Black Alabamians for Education is committed to supporting and promoting educational excellence within our community. In this blog post, we'll provide valuable insights and tips to help Black families in Alabama actively participate in their children's education, fostering achievement and personal growth. 1. Cultivate Strong Communication: Effective communication with teachers, administrators, and your child is crucial. Attend parent-teacher conferences and school meetings to stay informed [...]
Introduction: The journey of education for African Americans in Alabama is a testament to resilience, determination, and the pursuit of equal opportunities. From a turbulent history marked by segregation and inequality to ongoing efforts for empowerment and advancement, the educational landscape for black individuals in Alabama has evolved significantly. In this blog, we explore the historical context, current state, and future aspirations of education for African Americans in the heart of the Deep South. A Historical Perspective: For much of its history, Alabama was a battleground in the fight for civil rights and equal education. The legacy of segregated schools, known [...]
Get To Know Our 2023 Parent Symposium Keynote Speaker Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world. Many have bestowed upon him the moniker, “The Voice Of Black America.” Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. [...]
On Monday, April 17th 2023, our Founder, Neonta Williams hosted a small intimate Chat & Chew with parents, retired educator and current educators to discuss the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of BA4E. The attendees were quite interactive and shared personal experiences of why education is important them. Additionally, attendees shared how connected they felt to the core values of this organization. "Thank you for coming! I will connect and keep up with the organization and further share the knowledge that I gain from you"
In Alabama, like in many states across the United States, there is a significant achievement gap in education. This gap is particularly pronounced when it comes to race, with Black and Hispanic students lagging behind their white peers in academic performance and graduation rates. One of the main factors driving this achievement gap is the unequal distribution of resources between schools in different neighborhoods. Schools in low-income neighborhoods often have less funding, fewer experienced teachers, and fewer resources to support student learning. This makes it more difficult for students in these schools to succeed academically. Another factor is the history of [...]
Christa Andrews with Black Alabamians for Education held a Clergy luncheon in Fairfield, AL discussing a potential charter school in the area. Christa gave the pastors information about the Charter School Law in Alabama. The pastors were in agreement that many children need something different to get them off the current trajectory of crime and that parents need more information to help advocate for their children. The pastors were able to ask her questions and get direct answers. The pastors overwhelmingly felt that the session was informative and that their knowledge of charter schools was increased.