A Black Education Network (ABEN) is a membership organization open to ANYONE serious about and committed to education for liberation for students of African ancestry. Because we believe that every member of our community is valuable, we are intentionally keeping the costs to join low, but the benefits are priceless! Join a healthy village where your input is sought and treasured.
Memberships are annual from the date of submission and payment either through the easy online application process (see button below) or by printing the application PDF and sending the completed form with payment by mail, fax or attached to an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to our quarterly professional development webinars.
Access to our blog—The Water Carriers.
Discounts on summer professional development institutes focused on innovative and proven culturally relevant pedagogy and practices for Black students. The Institutes target educators, broadly defined to include high school students, parents, classroom teachers, school staff and administrators, non-profit organization staff, community partners and volunteers.
Access to a national network of schools, educational programs, researchers and practitioners with a proven track record of successfully educating students of African ancestry.
Access to our research portal featuring relevant resources from cutting-edge Black scholars and practitioners.
Fundraising Best Practices & Grant Writing 101 webinars and resources.
Access to a national network of Black high school social justice leaders.
Access to a national network of informed and empowered Black parents.
To apply for membership via mail, please print this form and mail it to the following address:
Mailing Address P.O. Box 3134 San Jose, CA 95156
Student: An individual who is currently enrolled and registered in a public or private school to complete grades 3-12.
Parents and Grandparents: And individual whose child or grandchild is currently enrolled in programs associated with ABEN or who holds a high school student membership.
K-12 Educators: An individual who holds the position of teacher, assistant teacher, paraprofessional, mental health professional, vice principal, principal within a school in a K-12 school district.
University and College Educators: An individual who holds the position of lecturer, assistant/associate professor, professor, professor emeritus within a vocational school, college and/or university.
Community Members: An individual who is not the parent of a member or an educator, yet has a passion for the education of Black students.
Lifetime Members: An individual who chooses to support ABEN’s work over the course of his or her life, thereby paying a one-time membership fee.
Non-profit Organizations: An organization that is labeled as a non-profit organization at the federal and state level.
School Districts: A body of offices and departments that coordinate the business, finances, and overhead of multiple schools, K-12 or community college.
Colleges and Universities: A private or public place of education that provides associates, bachelors, masters, various doctorates, vocational and/or professional degrees and/or certificates.
Corporations: An organization that is labeled as for-profit at the federal and state level.
Foundations: An organization this is identified as a foundation at the federal and state level.
Exclusive Access to Content: Members have individual passwords that allow them access to member exclusive content such as webinars, research, and the ABEN Job Board.
Reduced registration: Members will have reduced registration for conferences, paid webinars, and paid lectures. These reduced prices may come as a result of applied registration codes.
Career coaching: Members will have access to career coaches who will engage with each member to understand their professional needs and desires in an effort to advise them on ways to advance their career in education.
Professional development: Members will be able to take part in professional development opportunities concerning multiple topics from technical skills to culturally relevant teaching.
Complimentary Memberships: Member organizations will receive 5 or 10 complimentary memberships upon becoming a member with ABEN. These memberships may be provided to anyone on their staff. Organizations with 5,000 staff or less will receive 5 complimentary memberships, while organizations with 5,001 to 10, 000 staff members will receive 10 complimentary memberships.
Lecturers/Speakers: Members will have access to a vast network or lecturers/speakers concerning topics relating to the education of Black students. Members may access this database to schedule the lecturer/speaker at a reduced rate.
Reduced price for exhibitor booths: Member organizations may register to host a booth at a conference for a reduced price.
Reduced price for advertising on ABEN website and/or at ABEN activities: Lifetime members and member organizations will be able to place advertisements on the ABEN website, fliers, and/or promotional booklets for a reduced price.
Job Board Postings: Lifetime members and member organizations will be able to submit job postings to the exclusive ABEN job board, which is only open to ABEN members.
At ABEN, we seek to work with partners who are committed to moving toward the provision of African-centered education — to the degree possible within any given environment.