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The African American Student Initiative

Originally, the African American Young Men of Promise Initiative (AAYMPI), the African American Student Initiative (TAASI) focuses on all African American students and the achievement gap.

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The Office of Education Improvement and Innovation has established an extensive program to enable improved student achievement via technical support provided through Curriculum and Instruction, MiExcel/Statewide System of Support, Teacher Leadership, Educational Technology, Public School Academies, and the School Improvement Grant programs. Collectively, these programs work collaboratively with regional offices, districts, and schools to facilitate and support the improvement of existing educational options and encouraging the innovation of new ones. As a part of this ongoing work OEII has expanded the scope and work of the innovative three-year pilot program to facilitate the rapid turnaround in achievement of African-American young men and women, and eliminate the academic achievement gap.

Specifically, in order to assist more schools, the program has been expanded to include two phases. In the first year of the program the focus is on becoming aware of personal biases regarding culture that have personal and professional impact. Phase Two, the second year of the program, is designed to assist participants in the use of cultural proficiency, dialogue, and reflective practices to understand and change the impact of race, power, and privilege in spaces that influence and determine the academic performance of African American students.

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