Sankofa Education Alliance was founded on the West African Sankofa Bird principle of flying forward
carrying the egg of the future in its mouth while looking backwards to
learn, remember, and reclaim the best of what the past has taught
us as we move forward to achieve our full potential. We represent the quest for one's personal and collective wisdom, academic knowledge, and preservation of a heritage of a people, their language, and their culture.
Language and culture are two integral parts of one's identity and serve as the foundation for learning in school and succeeding in life. While language is the heartbeat of a culture - a flash of the human spirit - culture is the whole essences of who one is as an individual and as a member of a collective group of people. By doing what we know works, and what research supports as it relates to systematically integrating language and culture into the educational framework, SEA prepares those to whom we have entrusted our children to guide and nurture them as they press toward the future successfully emerging as world class leaders in this highly competitive global society.
Mission: to assist school districts, as well as civic, community and faith-based organizations in "operating from their strengths" as they shape and reshape their educational practices and build capacity to elevate educational outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Goal: to transform education for culturally and linguistically diverse students through comprehensive, meaningful professional learning opportunities for administrators, teachers, instructional support staff, and parents that:
*transform negative perceptions and beliefs about language, learning, and culture into raised expectations about their academic capabilities;
*create healthy, caring, and communal environments that support meaningful learning and personal development; and
*assist parents in tapping into their own potential to help their children become academically and socially successful.
We are dedicated to assisting organizations in developing systemic and strategic approaches that build and sustain capacity for cultural responsiveness in order to change patterns of thinking and ways of doing that benefit all children, families, and their communities.
Remember, "We all have a stake ...", cac 2000