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Becoming a bilingual teacher leads to a lifetime of making a difference

I first heard of bilingual education as a student at the University of Texas in 1973, confused over my course of study and career.
 
I was a music major, tired of lonely piano practice rooms with a fading concept of what my future in music might hold. ...




How good teachers are making a difference in Metro Detroit's multiethnic classrooms

At Kosciuszko Middle School in Hamtramck, at least seven different languages are spoken by students, whose ethnic backgrounds include Yemeni, Bengali, Bosnian, Albanian, Polish, and Lebanese. While this may not be your typical American school, it is a microcosm of the multiethnic city of Hamtramck, home to the country's first Muslim majority city council. ...




Why a Racially Diverse Faculty Matters

The faculty of public schools are still primarily white and female. We know this intuitively but it is also the data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Our students are much more diverse than the workforce. The demographics of America's younger population is changing faster than its aging ones. ...




Top of the Class: Why Diversity Matters in Your Classroom

Learning the importance of diversity should be a part of every child’s education. There are several ways that diversity could benefit your students’ experience. Here are a few of the main reasons why diversity matters in your kid’s classroom and what you can do to encourage more. ...




New Proposed Plan To Hire And Retain More Minority Teachers In Connecticut

A group of educators have proposed a plan to hire more teachers of color in Connecticut public schools.
 
A decade ago, the number of minority students in Connecticut was roughly a third of the total student population. Today, that number has grown to almost half. ...




What Are the Benefits of a Diverse Workplace?

There are lots of arguments about whether it makes a difference whether your workplace is diverse enough. If it doesn’t affect their ability to do the job, does it matter what race, religion or sexuality your employees are? There is however the argument that people like to see a reflection of themselves in a company. ...




12 Secrets to Keeping Employees Happy Without a Raise

When budgets are tight, it can be hard to justify raises as rewards for high-performing employees. But if someone loves their work, takes pride in doing it well and feels valued, there are many other ways besides a bigger paycheck to show your appreciation for a job well done. ...




State of paid parental leave: Who offers it and how much time do they give?

Much has been written about how generous paid parental leave will soon become a standard benefit at most companies. But how many firms are really offering it and how generous is the perk?That’s the question WorldatWork attempted to answer in a comprehensive and first of-its-kind study — titled the Survey of Paid Parental Leave in the United States. ...




Are fidget spinners helpful or distracting in the classroom?

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- They are the hot new toys on the market.
 
Customers could not enter the Toys & Co. store at Friendly Center without first passing the sign that read “We Have Fidget Spinners!”
 
“[It] has just taken off like we couldn’t even believe,” store manager Matt Peel said. ...




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%. ...