Dr. Angela Clark-Louque is Professor and past Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Technology at California State University, San Bernardino. She co-authored the newly published book (2019), Equity Partnerships, A culturally proficient guide to family, school, and community engagement. In her career, she has served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Graduate Studies, Department Chair of Doctoral Studies, Director of Educational Administration, and Director of Teacher Education. Her leadership has focused on urban educational leadership, developing organizational and community engagement capacity, and building a culture of equity.
Prior to these roles, she served as a CalWorks and EOPS counselor and mathematics faculty at the community college level, and as an administrator and mathematics, social sciences, and band instructor at the high school level.
Dr. Clark-Louque earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Dr. Clark-Louque’s teaching and research focuses on educational leadership, African American student achievement, family engagement, human resources, policy development, and governance. Her research activities include several peer-reviewed publications, grants, and reports. Her recent research focuses on equitable and culturally proficient practices for leaders, African American family and student engagement and achievement, developing school leaders, family, school, and community engagement, and policy development. Her most recent co-authored publications are: “Race-neutral doesn’t work: Black males’ achievement, engagement, and school climate perceptions” (Urban Education, 2018), and “Cultural capital in the village: The role Black families play in the education of children” (Journal of Multicultural Education, 2014).
She co-authored the book “Exposing the ‘Culture of Arrogance’ in the Academy: A Blueprint for Increasing Black Faculty Satisfaction in Higher Education” (2005) with Dr. Gail L. Thompson and served as co-editor of Wisdom in Education, and editor of the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research.
She is a recipient of the Transformational Leadership Consortium Award, Outstanding Faculty in Research and Scholarly Activities, Outstanding Faculty in Instructionally-Related Activities, and is a graduate of the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership, a national network of African American Community College CEOs. She has served as the Committee Chair of Political Activism for the NAACP and served on the Los Angeles Committee of Honor for the Freedom’s Sisters exhibit and tour at the Simon Wiesenthal’s Museum of Tolerance, which pays homage to a group of extraordinary African American women who have shaped the spirit and substance of civil rights in America.
She is a native of Memphis, Tenn. and a graduate of George Washington Carver High School.
We want to make sure that we are sensitive when we talk about equity and the needs of that specific family or culture, what kinds of things they need, and what parents really want help with. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
You want to make sure that parents and families feel comfortable speaking up. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
We may not know a family’s or parents capacity of what they’re going through, but whatever it is, we can help them in some way by providing other services like social services, food banks, etc. When you compile all of that knowledge and information, this helps to show care and compassion. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
We are all in this together and collective responsibility means that we are all responsible for the learning and the teaching of the students, parents, and community. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
We’re going to make sure that all of our students, parents, teachers, educators, families, and community leaders are all involved and helping this transition and this transformation of going totally online. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
We’re trying to co-create a space for all of us to be able to continue to connect with each other. We can see online learning as an opportunity because we do have students who learn in different ways. We learn in different ways. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
I commend all the teachers and educators out there who are figuring it out and who are being patient with our families. I also commend our families for being patient with the teachers, educators and administrators. That’s what it’s going to take.
We’ll continue to move forward and move forward equitably. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
We’ll also build and sustain partnerships, but it going to take a bit more effort and a few more drive-by’s instead of just calling or texting to be able to reach out. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
When you continue to collaborate, create community, and communicate, you create connectedness. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
You’re going to find people who have similar stories or experiences that you can share and help support them. Finding these similarities also creates culture. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Educators are also going to have to learn from parents and students on how best to serve them. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Over 70% of students in the United States are online now. We’ve got to continue to move forward because we don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Communicate and collaborate with others. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
We can learn from each other. Make those connections with those parents because sharing information is key. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
There is a thing called ‘safe space.’ Co-create a safe space in the home and make sure that when parent and students get together with the teachers and educators, we are creating a safe space for students to learn. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Co-create a type of schedule for the student so the student knows there’s going to be some learning and also some breaks. This helps them have some sort of schedule that they can stay in the rhythm of. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Parents, you don’t always have to teach new concepts. There are things that some kids need to relearn or maybe just be reinforced. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Parents don’t have to learn something new. They can go back to previous concepts to reinforce what kids already know.
Have all hands on deck. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Anybody in the family can help, that way, you always have someone who is willing to help. If there’s no one in the home, there are still resources that can help that student. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Include the student in your “regular” activities, like cooking or doing laundry. If you’re doing any of these activities, it can be a learning experience. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Learning occurs everywhere and anywhere. It is not confined just to the schoolhouse. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Students can learn wherever they are. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Families can collaborate and learn together. You can have a collaborative project that the whole entire family can work on. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Although we can’t work together, we still have a community of learners. Community is a team effort. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit
Communication is key. The communication between educators and parents is bi-directional. It can’t just be the educators telling the parents what to do and how to do it. @dr_louque @lioparentvirtualsummit