It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. - Frederick Douglass
Our Story & Mission
Formed in 2013, by a group of African-American male educators to lead a new generation in the Louisiana education landscape.
The Alliance for Diversity & Excellence(ADE) was formed in 2013 by a group of African-American male educators and headed by Jamar McKneely, a pioneer in the Louisiana education landscape. With a mission to increase and improve the diversity and excellence in school leadership, the men rolled up their sleeves and diligently worked to develop an organization that would create an increased pipeline of educational leaders of color, build support for charter schools in urban communities, and share best practices for closing the academic achievement gap.
OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS
Jamar McKneely • Lee Green • Robert Hill • Tracy Guillory Edward Brown • Sean Goodwin • Joseph Charles • Joe Gilyot • Mervin Jackson • Damon Baptist • Curtis London • Sean Wilson • Adrian Morgan • Llyod Dennis • Steve Boyard • Jesse Watson • Jeremy Geary Christopher Smith • Hiram Bailey • Jonathan Williams • Joshua Washington • Jay Daniels • Ross Anderson • James Williams • Gavin Lewis • Donald Jackson • Harold Clay • Brandon C. Armant • Terence Davis • Darius Taplet • James Raby
WHO WE ARE
The Alliance of Diversity & Excellence is an organization that was founded with three essential aims:
To increase the leadership
opportunities for individuals of color with an emphasis on African-American males
To increase the presence of males
in our classrooms with an emphasis on African-American Males
To improve our educational system
By closing the achievement gap for students of color in our city to impact employment opportunities for our youth
Essential Programming Components
Recruitment and mentoring • Professional development for future leaders in education • Job Fairs • Critical walks and reviews of schools • Sharing of strategies and techniques for academic success in schools • Mentoring of students and coaching of parents • Conferences of symposiums of development of teachers and students • Networking Sessions