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Lack of Teacher Diversity Contributing to Education Attainment Gap

A recently released study by the IZA Institute of Labor Economics found that economically disadvantaged black male students who had at least one black teacher in third, fourth, or fifth grade were far more likely to graduate high school. According to the study’s researchers, having a teacher of the same race during these elementary school years “reduced the probability of dropping out of high school among low-income black males by seven percentage points, or 39%. ...




Engaging in Multicultural Learning

Mohammed was one of the new students in my class last year. He had recently moved to Tennessee from Africa and spoke only French; he started 6th grade knowing barely a word of English. I tried my hardest to help him understand my lessons, and he got help from his ESL teacher. ...




Inclusion Starts in the Classroom, Not the Boardroom

Michael Jordan once said: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” He obviously knew the importance of building a good basketball team, just as many of us in the business world know the importance of building a good company team. ...




Program to grow teacher diversity in city schools

A new "grow your own" style program will help build a diverse workforce of Buffalo Public School teachers. SUNY Buffalo State and the Buffalo Public School District announced the launch the Urban Teacher Academy to be located at McKinley High School Monday at a news conference. ...




Celebrating diversity early in childhood classrooms

We spoke with Kelli DiDomenico of The Children’s Workshop, who shared the following important reasons and ideas for celebrating diversity early on in the classroom setting:
 
Early childhood educators work with children and families from all types of diverse backgrounds, multi-cultures, multi-races, and languages. ...




Teachers of color: Student diversity is up but not educators

Classrooms in California and Sacramento, in particular, are quite diverse ethnically and culturally, but does that diversity reflect among teacher populations?
 
As an African-American teacher, David Joiner is a rarity in education. Growing up in Louisiana, Joiner said he didn’t see many teachers who looked like him. ...




States Continue to Deal with Teacher Shortages

Schools across the nation are grappling with a shortage of teachers and it is forcing school districts to reassess the way they recruit and hire educators. These shortages are also forcing districts to examine ways to address high teacher attrition rates. ...




Evaluating Teachers with Classroom Observations: Lessons Learned in Four Districts

The federal government has spurred the creation of a new generation of teacher evaluation systems at the state level through more than $4 billion in Race to the Top funding to 19 states and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) accountability waivers to 43 states. ...




Special Education Teacher Interview Questions

Special education teacher interview questions and answer advice. These educators deal with many unique challenges on a daily basis. Candidates need to demonstrate in the job interview that they are specialists in their field.
 
You will be asked many general teacher interview questions but you will also have to handle interview questions that are specific to special education. ...




Reversing the Stigma

Two-hundred students and teachers are packed into a room at the 2016 SEMA Show. By the end of the evening, $750,000 has been donated to CTE programs across the country. The Collision Repair Education Foundation is closing out the event by honoring two select students—the best of the best, the future of the collision repair industry. ...