Education Imperatives

  1. 21st Century learning skills: NABSE believes that 21st century learning skills (collaboration, computational thinking, problem-solving, critical thinking and digital literacy) are essential components of effective schooling for all students.
  2. African American History: NABSE believes that the history, culture and contributions of African Americans is American history and should be taught to all students in all U.S. schools.
  3. Arts Education: NABSE believes that visual and performing arts should be included as invaluable components of comprehensive education at all levels.
  4. Content Knowledge: NABSE believes that oral and written communication skills, including reading comprehension, along with computational skills formulate the basic foundation upon which effective schooling is built.
  5. Entrepreneurship Education: NABSE supports the inclusion of entrepreneurship education designed to stimulate and motivate vision and creativity to establish businesses that brand and market products and services directly to consumers.
  6. Environmental Education: NABSE believes that the study of ecological systems, the conservation of natural resources including air, land, and water, as well as the preservation of plants, natural habitats and the protection of animals are essential to sustain human life on planet earth.
  7. Financial Literacy: NABSE believes that understanding how money is made, spent and saves, as well as the ability to use financial resources to make decisions including how to generate, invest, spend and save money is essential for all learners.

Education Imperatives

  1. Anti-racism policies & procedures for K-12 and higher education: Anti-racism must be institutionalized in educational policy and practice of all schools. These policies and procedures should include, yet not be limited to, equal access to advanced coursework, equal and just consideration in disciplinary matters and an unbiased approach to identifying and supporting special needs students. The disproportionate misidentification of Black students as special needs must be explored as a critical issue that needs a systemic remedy. Anti-racist initiatives must be advanced as an assault on microaggression, implicit bias, stereotype threat and adultification. Identifying, reducing and eliminating educator bias must be a top priority.
  2. Digital literacy: A high school graduation requirement for all students. All state education agencies should be required to mandate teaching of the ability to find, evaluate and compose clear information through writing and other mediums on various digital platforms at every level in all schools. Acquisition of these skills should be a minimum requirement to earn a diploma from all high schools.

Thought Leaders

Mrs. Connie Isabell, Mrs. Crystel Polk & Miss Michelle Walton
Ms. Deona Davis – Recorder