Education Imperatives

  1. Classroom management - NABSE believes that all teachers should possess an array of skills and techniques that are employed in classrooms to keep students organized, engaged, creative, focused, attentive, on task and academically productive in order to maximize student learning.
  2. Culturally responsive classrooms - NABSE believes that all classrooms should be asset-based learning environments where students’ strengths are the springboard for meeting daily objectives. Students’ learning about their history and culture should be interwoven into daily instruction so that students feel seen, valued and empowered. The classroom should be a sanctuary for student dialogue and the free flow of ideas, as the student voice is heard loud and clear, is respected, celebrated and cherished.
  3. Inclusion - NABSE believes that students who are differently-abled should have opportunities to learn alongside their peers in general education classrooms. Inclusive classrooms are welcoming and support the diverse academic, social, emotional, and communication needs of all students.)
  4. Professional development - NABSE believes that all educators must receive relevant, meaningful, and on-going training in the critical areas of pedagogy, content knowledge and best practices, diversity, technology, communication, and assessment.)
  5. Remote teaching/Virtual classrooms - NABSE believes that all teachers should be able to provide instruction in an online learning environment that allows for live interaction between students and teacher. A remote shared learning space employs the use of videoconferencing, online whiteboards, shared screen capabilities, participation controls, breakout rooms and instant messaging tools. The teacher serves as the moderator who guides the learning process and supports group activities and discussions.)
  6. Rigor - NABSE believes that all students must be provided instruction, learning experiences, and educational expectations that are academically, intellectually, and personally challenging.)

Legislative Priorities

  1. Cross-cultural communication policies and procedures for K-12 - All state education agencies should mandate the adoption of policies and procedures for faculty and staff at all K-12 schools that facilitate establishment and maintenance of a non-judgmental atmosphere where the verbal and/or written exchange of thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, aspirations and/or ideas between two or more persons from different ethnic backgrounds is accommodated routinely.
  2. Internet access a public utility - Internet access should become a public utility so that all consumers have the same access to the same high quality service. Publicly-owned internet networks are typically cheaper, faster and more transparent in their pricing.

Thought Leaders

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