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Annual dinner to promote teacher diversity in local schools

The seventh annual John E. Baker Legacy Dinner is taking place Friday at Farmington Country Club to raise scholarship money for the African American Teaching Fellows.
 
The Fellows organization provides African-American undergraduate students with scholarships and training in exchange for committing to teach in a public school in Charlottesville or Albemarle County. ...




Anti-bias lessons help preschoolers hold up a mirror to diversity

Some California preschools are getting children to participate in conversations about racial differences at an early age by introducing an anti-bias curriculum that teaches kids about diversity and inclusion. Against a backdrop of national divides over race, these educators use art projects and discussions to infuse a powerful message into the classroom. ...




By Empowering Teachers, We Can Level The Playing Field For Every Student

I want every student to have the same opportunity that I had.
I still remember standing at the podium during my high school graduation, looking out over the crowd. In that moment it struck me – the number of students ready to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas was only about half of what it had been at freshman orientation. ...




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. ...