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School leaders meet to discuss hiring minority teachers

Educators in Jackson County joined together to come up with a way to bring more minority teachers to the area.
The Minority Recruitment/Retention Information Session was held at the Jackson County School Board on Wednesday. The group of principals and teachers talked about creating a scholarship for minority students. ...




Big school districts find ways to hire teachers amid shortage

Against the backdrop of a widely reported teacher shortage, most of California’s 25 largest school districts were able to fill nearly all their job openings for fully credentialed teachers by the time school started this year, according to an EdSource survey. ...




Hiring Successful Teachers—Two New Studies Point to What Works and What Doesn't

Teachers matter! This refrain is well-grounded in empirical research—differences between teachers have been shown not only to affect student test achievement but also a variety of later life student outcomes—and it is the basis for a concerted national effort to upgrade the skill-set of the nation’s teacher workforce. ...




Questions I Wish I'd Asked When Interviewing for the Principalship

As you prepare to interview for your next school leadership position, Education World's Principal Files team offers advice about questions you might ask when the interviewers invite your participation. Included: Ten principals offer the questions they wished they'd asked. ...




Where Are the Teachers of Color?

GROWING up in the 1970s and ’80s in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island, Ill., Gladys Marquez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, never once had a Hispanic teacher. Sometimes, when trying to explain to her parents her plans for college — or even why she wanted to play softball or try out for the cheerleading team — she wished she had a mentor who shared her background. ...




Want Better Schools? Hire Better Principals

A few weeks ago, some fellow administrators and I presented to an awesome group of teachers who are preparing to become school admins. A great follow-up question was: “What kinds of questions can I expect in an interview for assistant principal or principal position?”
 
I can speak from my own experience, but I will also share a resource at the end of this post and would love your input!
 
First of all, a little history…or the story of 6 interviews:
 
Interview 1 Although I have participated in over a hundred interviews to hire teachers and staff over the past ten years, I have been interviewed for administrator openings only six times. ...




Educators Call Attention to Racist Stereotypes in Textbooks, Impact on Students

In May, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) invited feedback on a new textbook it had commissioned for a Mexican-American Studies elective offered to the state’s schools. Augustin Loredo, a social studies teacher in Pasadena, TX, downloaded the pdf from the state education web site and paged through the 500 + page document. ...




Student Diversity Is Up But Teachers Are Mostly White

Classrooms are becoming more diverse, but the people leading them remain predominantly white.
 
More than 80 percent of the bachelor's degrees in education awarded during the 2009-10 school year were to non-Latino white students, according to a new study by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). ...




NEA Report: Lack of Teacher Diversity Jeopardizes Student Achievement

When Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced several weeks ago that the 2014-2015 school year would signal the first time non-white students represent a majority in America’s public schools, it marked a watershed moment for the country’s increasingly diverse population. ...




Diverse Conversations: Professoriate Still Lacking in Diversity

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, only 16 percent of full-time professors at postsecondary institutions are minorities. That means that 84 percent of those in full-time professorships are White, 60 percent are men and 24 percent are women. ...