“Success is where preparation
and opportunity meet.”
— Bobby Unser
The Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators (ORABSE) is one of 100 affiliates of NABSE throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean who continue the legacy established in 1973. Dr. Hartzog, the founder of ORABSE, in collaboration with 11 Superintendents from across the United States created an organization for African American administrators as well as other educational personnel. By 1975, the Oregon Affiliate of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) was founded by Dr. Ernest Hartzog who was a founding member of NABSE.
ORABSE is the only organization in Oregon that focuses on supporting and serving Black educators by providing professional development, curriculum support, advocacy and career support, leadership and education conferences, affinity-based gatherings, and networking events. We know Black teachers leave teaching at a higher rate than white teachers. We need our current Black educators to stay in Oregon and we need to increase the overall number of educators who identify as Black or African American.
This is not only important for the education of our Black students; it is important for the education of all students in Oregon.
“Creating opportunity for our youth is vital today. The staggering pace of technology will only increase the gap for kids if we don’t work diligently every single day. There is no time for complacency.”
— KEYLAH BOYER, FORMER OASBE PRESIDENT
As we grow our membership, we will continue to build relationships with state agencies and districts to accomplish these outcomes by partnering with various “grow your own” and “pipeline” initiatives happening around the state. We will also partner with higher education institutions and school districts to ensure our educators receive professional development units and/or credits for their participation.
Our vision is to live in a society where the opportunity gap is eliminated, and access to a quality education is a reality for all students.
Our mission is to provide an avenue for supporting Black educators and to promote and improve the best educational experience and outcomes for Black students.