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African American Student Achievement Initiative

What is the African American Student Achievement Initiative (AASAI)?


AASAI is a Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) 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.


AASAIs four priority areas are as follows:


  1. 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;


  1. 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;


  1. School Climate - Study and evaluate the effectiveness of district-wide behavioral policies and practices and their impact on African American students;


  1. Family Engagement - Promote and strengthen AA family engagement through community partnerships and deep alliances with local school sites;


Organizational Structure


AASAI District Parent Leadership Team (DPLT) - consists of no less than two parent liaisons from each K-12 school site.  AASAI, DPLT meets on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the Board Room.  Dinner and Childcare are provided.


Local Site AASAI - Each school site is required to have at least two AASAI meetings at the local school site, throughout the academic school year.  Each school site is allocated $500 for the purpose of providing materials, food and childcare for these meeting.




Impact - The AASAI DPLT was instrumental in getting AASAI recognized in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) as an on-going program addressing the needs of AA students in the district.  Following a thorough process of identifying needs of AA students and parents in alignment with the Eight Core Areas of the LCAP:


1) Student Achievement; 2) Student Engagement; 3) State Standards; 4) Course Access; 5) School Climate;

6) Parental Involvement; 7) Basic Services; 8) Other Student Outcomes


AASAI and Parent Leadership Team Meeting Schedule






September 15, 2016


Board Room and Level A




October 13, 2016


Board Room and Level A




November 17, 2016


Board Room and Level A




December 15, 2016


Board Room and Level A




January 19, 2017*

January 28-29


* Chavez MS

AAREA Professional Development Summit - CSUEB





February 16, 2017*


* Bret Harte MS




March 16, 2017*


* Ochoa MS




April 20, 2017

April 29, 2017


Board Room and Level A

AAREA Black Student Excellence and Achievement Awards - Chabot College





May 18, 2017


Board Room and Level A




June 15, 2017


Board Room and Level A




*Tentatively scheduled for Feeder Pattern Meetings as follows:


1/19 – THS feeder

2/16 – HHS feeder

3/18 – MEHS feeder



*This year’s Feeder Pattern meetings will feature Middle School Student Focus groups.




Chavez MS

Bret Harte MS

Ochoa MS











Diana Levy 

District Administrator 

African American Student Initative