African American Student Achievement Initiative
AASAI is a Hayward Unified School District initiative that focuses on bringing about equitable, systemic, and transformative change in teaching and learning to more effectively address the academic, social and emotional needs of its African American students and the families and communities that nurture and support them.
AASAI’s four priority areas are as follows:
- Closing the Achievement Gap – Study, evaluate, and make recommendations on the effectiveness of approved intervention and acceleration strategies in order to address the pervasive, persistent underperformance of AA students in HUSD;
- Cultural and Linguistic Responsive Pedagogy - Ensure that school personnel are appropriately trained, supported and held accountable for the successful implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive professional development and pedagogical practices;
- School Climate - Study and evaluate the effectiveness of district-wide behavioral policies and practices and their impact on African American students;
- Family Engagement - Promote and strengthen AA family engagement through community partnerships and deep alliances with local school sites.