The mission of the ASI is to serve as a clearinghouse for best practices as they relate to the holistic education of students of color and to provide a collegial framework for the sharing of culturally responsive and exemplary pedagogy, programs and schools that have produced high achievement among this population. In addition to curriculum development and instructional coursework, ASI offers family and student support services, student leadership opportunities, college preparation and other developmental supports. A major goal of ASI’s work is to replicate, publicize and share strategies that others can utilize as models of achievement.
As part of its efforts, the Institute provides school administrators, teachers, pupil support personnel, paraprofessionals, parents and students from elementary school through college with curriculum workshops, seminars and symposia that incorporate cultural heritage with specific attention to the contributions of people of African descent to the social, economic, intellectual, artistic, scientific and historical development of America and the world.
Removing the barriers that prevent Black and Hispanic students from accessing a high quality public education is an essential first step to achieving access to the economic, social, and political resources that are needed to support strong families, communities, and a truly democratic society.