Richardson Area Association of Black School Educators

February 2017

What is RAABSE?

The Richardson Area Association of Black School Educators (RAABSE) is an affiliate of the Texas Alliance of Black School Educators and is committed to personal and professional development; with a compelling spirit to give back to others.

The mission of RAABSE is to enhance and facilitate the education of African American people; and to:

  • Establish a coalition of African American educators and others directly or indirectly involved in the educational process.
  • Create a forum for the exchange of ideas and strategies to improve educational opportunities for African Americans.
  • Identify and develop black professionals who will assume leadership positions in education.
  • Influence public policy concerning the education of African American people.
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RAABSE 2016-2017 Executive Board

Mr. Darwin Prater Spiller-President

Dr. Duana Kindle-Past President

Ms. Ishii Tavarez-Vice President

Mr. Michael Thomas-Treasurer

Mrs. Charis Hunt-Recording Secretary

Ms. Tara Eldridge-Chaplin

Mrs. Tamesia Chatman-Corresponding Secretary

Ms. Angela Guesby-Parliamentarian

Mrs. Fannie Albert-Financial Secretary

Mr. Walter Smith-Historian

What's New with RAABSE??

RAABSE January Meeting

At our January meeting, we had Dr. Stan Crawford speak on building instructional capacity. We gained great knowledge from his presentation. Mr. Spiller gave a legislature update and Ms. Tavarez discussed the mixer in February.

Keeping up with Legislation

2017 Legislative Priorities

Finance public schools to meet 21st century learning needs, including our growing and diverse student population:

  • Ensure adequate funding for increased demands and standards for students.
  • Reserve public funds for public education by rejecting plans that would divert public monies to private entities.
  • Fund targeted student interventions that have proven effective for teaching and learning, especially K-2 reading resources.
  • Preserve the defined benefits plan for retired educators and ensure financial stability of the active and retiree health care systems.

Promote and protect research-based student learning fundamentals:

  • Ensure the nature of effective age and developmentally appropriate student assessments (criterion-referenced, formative, multi-year, varied, ongoing).
  • Expand access to voluntary, effective, full-day PreK programs.
  • Provide adequate principal and teacher training to address the needs of our most challenging populations.


Friday, Feb. 10th, 6pm

8166 Park Lane

Dallas, TX

We will not have a RAABSE meeting in February due to the TABSE conference. We will have a mixer to get everyone together. There will be a raffle for a gift card for all of those that attend. Please invite all of your friends for a great time!

Next RAABSE Meeting

Tuesday, March 28th, 6pm

12800 Abrams Rd

Dallas, TX

Our next meeting will held in Sabine Hall, Room SH117on the Richland College Campus.

Future Meetings:

  • April 25th
  • May 23rd
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Are you registered for the TABSE Conference???

More than 700 educators from across the state of Texas gather annually for the TABSE State Conference to attend professional development sessions and educational workshops.

Educational leaders from throughout the state are planning the 2017 Texas Alliance of Black School Educators' (TABSE) 32nd Annual Conference which will be held in Houston, TX at the Hyatt Regency February 23-26, 2017. This year's conference theme is Their Lives, Their Future, Their Education...MATTER. The TASBE Conference will provide excellent learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of every educator.

The regular registration period ends December. 31, 2016.

Click HERE to register for the conference.

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Texas Alliance of Black School Educators is an affiliate of NABSE. TABSE is committed to improving the educational achievement of African-American students by increasing the participation and expansion of Texas affiliates. TABSE further believes in identifying and promoting those activities, which are designed to sensitize the public at-large and educators, specifically to the needs of African-American students in academic and non-academic areas of development.


The National Alliance of Black School Educators is the nation's premier non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation's children-particularly children of African descent. Now in its 46th year, NABSE boasts an outreach to more than 10,000 preeminent educators including teachers, administrators, superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members. Found in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.

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Submission for Member News

Do you have any news that you'd like to share with the RAABSE organization? We'd love to hear about any future events, news or spotlights! Please submit them to Ishii Tavarez by the end of each month.