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University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff aids teacher recruitment

By BG / January 2nd, 2018

Eight high school students — all male — will start taking teacher-preparation courses at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff this month in an effort to raise the racial and ethnic diversity of teachers nationwide. The teens are a part of Project Pipeline Repair, a three-year initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and administered […]

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‘Young Black Men [Should] See Black Men in Front of Them’ — This Detroit Teacher

By BG / November 16th, 2017

I began teaching at 22. Back in my hometown of Detroit and fresh out of college, I thought I had all the answers. I believed students would instantly relate to me because of my knowledge, enthusiasm and youth. Ha! I soon learned that before I could effectively teach anything, I needed to better understand my […]

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History Lesson: Public school teachers – Legacy of low pay and little respect

By BG / September 28th, 2017

  Only women taught school in the very first years of Winona’s public school history. The low pay ($20 a month) did not attract men. Secondly, women, it seems, were considered more capable of handling the difficult discipline problems which cropped up in classes composed of children of so many different ages and backgrounds. The […]

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The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

By BG / September 7th, 2017

A recent study found that black students who have at least one black teacher do better in school. Making policy around this research is complicated. Ashley McCall was teaching her third grade students about American voting rights last year when one of them asked a question she couldn’t answer: How do older people of color process the […]

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Why young Latino men don’t think of becoming teachers

By BG / August 9th, 2017

San Marcos High School student Brayan Reyes never thought of teaching as a career. Why would he? Until he was in Efron Solano’s class last semester, the 16-year-old had never even seen a male Latino teacher. “He’s the one who motivated me,” Brayan said. ​ He’s not alone. National statistics show 87 percent of classroom […]

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Important need exists for minority teachers in our schools

By BG / August 2nd, 2017

Black teachers make a difference. I know because I attended a prestigious college-preparatory public high school in the heart of Chicago where approximately half of the teachers were black. They included my AP Biology teacher and AP English teacher, several of my art teachers, one of my history teachers, a chemistry teacher — and probably […]

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