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African Teachers  Association-USA

(A.T.A.)

2510 Hamilton Avenue ,Baltimore , MD 21214 .Tel: 443-744-5328

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African Teachers  Association-USA

(A.T.A.)

2510 Hamilton Avenue ,Baltimore , MD 21214 .Tel: 443-744-5328

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Welcome to the African Teachers Association, USA! You are a member of a professional organization that is strong and growing. Our membership includes all regularly appointed teachers, long term substitutes and long term substitutes in pool. The African Teachers Association, ATA, continues to work to improve and expand the professional opportunities available to our members.


Students come to educational schools wanting to be teachers. Many even came from abroad expecting to add their contributions in raising students’ achievement. However, the number of teachers who are serving as classroom instructors is declining due to attrition and lack of support or right transition.

I have concerns that we have forsaken the leadership part of our mission as educators. Neither the schools districts nor universities have done an adequate job of preparing teachers to assume their classroom roles. There are many ways that we, as bona fide educators, can help our students and colleagues see the value of teaching and to envision themselves as educators. Our neglect of this role has made it easy for some educators to allow the economic forces, which do profoundly affect the present day practice of teaching, to have a greater influence on our professional lives than is appropriate.


We have the opportunity to make a difference. We can, through our curricula, the examples we set for our students and colleagues, the counseling we provide, and the extra-curricular opportunities we offer, teach our students and prospective teachers that they have the potential, as educators, to have a tremendous effect on their communities. Most importantly, we can prepare our students to meet the challenges of teaching in the 21st century, and we can equip them with the skills they will need to become effective teachers.


A new evaluation process based upon the Charlotte Danielson Framework for Teaching Standards is in place for both probationary and tenured teachers in most States in America. This process provides for an evaluation procedure that is teacher oriented, students centered, and also provides teachers who may eventually consider national certification with a basic understanding of and experience in the process. The opportunity for teachers to be part of a designing and implementing a site managed school is also provided in many districts.

In addition to contract provisions to support professional development, the African Teachers Association is providing professional development through its own Educational Research and Dissemination program. These programs include research-based instructional strategies such as Effective Classroom Management and Characteristics of Effective Teachers as well as research based content area strategies such as Beginning Reading and Thinking Math. The Mentor Program provides individualized guidance and support for teachers wishing to improve their practice.

Today's African Teacher Association is progressive and reform-oriented as well as steadfast in its commitment to teachers' rights.

We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a student or a teacher in California are not so different from those of students and teachers in Maryland , and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.


We have the ability to train a much broader spectrum of people who more accurately reflect our society. We must seize the moment and prepare our students to lead our society in the future.