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Teaching Profession What Teachers of Color Say Will Actually Work to Diversify the Profession
In a new survey, teachers of color pick the most effective recruitment and retention strategies.
Madeline Will, September 20, 2022
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School & District Management K-12 Essentials Forum What Will It Take for Schools to Get Better?
Find out what educators and leaders can do to incite lasting and productive change that will make a difference in the lives of students.
September 15, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Bigotry Is Bigotry, Even If You Call It Equity
Calling out instances of prejudice is not only a moral imperative. It could also go a long way toward healing some of our frayed trust.
Rick Hess, September 8, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Reported Essay The Key to More Equitable Schools? Deep Commitment
Schools are making progress on their DEI goals, but nothing short of an education overhaul will achieve equity.
Ileana Najarro, September 6, 2022
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Equity & Diversity From Our Research Center Suburban Schools Saw Huge Drops in White Enrollment During the Pandemic
Suburban public schools lost 5 percent of their white students in a single year, a new EdWeek Research Center analysis found.
Benjamin Herold & Xinchun Chen, August 29, 2022
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In this June 8, 2021 photo, with dark clouds overhead, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court in October will hear arguments in a pair of cases about the consideration of race in college admissions.
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Law & Courts K-12 Groups Back Racial Diversity as Supreme Court Schedules Affirmative Action Arguments
Teachers' unions and school administrator groups ask the court to uphold the consideration of race to achieve a diverse student body.
Mark Walsh, August 3, 2022
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Middletown City School District Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. speaks at the 2022 ISTE Leadership Exchange in New Orleans on June 26, 2022.
Marlon Styles Jr., the superintendent of the Middletown City School District in Ohio, speaks at the 2022 ISTE Leadership Exchange in New Orleans on June 26. The session was part of the International Society for Technology in Education's national conference.
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Classroom Technology Q&A Superintendent: Recruit More Black Male Educators, Get Tech in the Hands of All Students
Middletown, Ohio, school district chief Marlon Styles Jr. is the first Black superintendent of that school system.
Lauraine Langreo, August 3, 2022
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Mathematics Opinion Are Math Textbooks Really Indoctrinating Kids?
Math textbooks don't teach critical race theory. Whether they connect with middle schoolers is another question.
Tiffini Pruitt-Britton & Candace Walkington, July 19, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Are Schools Too Inclusive? Some People Think So
Acceptance of all children is a central mission of public schools—places where there's no room for hatred and fear.
Peter DeWitt, June 16, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion How Do You Write the Story of Your Future When Every Day Might Be Your Last?
If we don’t let children see themselves in the classroom, we leave an opening for extremism, writes a scholar and survivor of the Bosnian genocide.
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, June 9, 2022
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As her pupils bend themselves to their books, teacher Marie Donnelly guides them along in their studies at P.S. 77 in the Glendale section of Queens, New York, Sept. 28, 1959. In her 40 years of teaching, never has Donnelly had so many African-American students in a class. The youngsters were bused to the school from Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, a predominantly black neighborhood where schools are overcrowded. P.S. 77, which had an enrollment of 368 all-white students, can handle 1000 children comfortably. Parents in the Queens neighborhoods objected to influx, but the children themselves adjusted to one another without incident.
A white teacher teaches a newly integrated class at P.S. 77 in the Glendale section of Queens, N.Y., in September 1959.
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Teaching Profession Q&A 'Brown v. Board' Decimated the Black Educator Pipeline. A Scholar Explains How
A new book digs into a lesser-known and negative consequence of one of the nation's most significant civil rights milestones.
Madeline Will, May 16, 2022
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The Spreckels Union School District board listens to public comment during a board meeting in Spreckels, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. A mother who claims teachers secretly manipulated her 11-year-old daughter into changing her gender identity and name has filed a legal case against the school district.
Members of the Spreckels Union school district board in California listen to public comment during a board meeting last December.
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Equity & Diversity Opinion School Boards' Diversity Problem Goes Deeper Than You Realize
With few Black and brown members, some boards have amplified fringe voices, writes the head of the Leaders of Color organization.
Mike Bland, April 29, 2022
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Science How to Make AP STEM Classes More Diverse and Inclusive
A new report found that cultivating students' sense of belonging helps encourage underrepresented students to enroll in AP STEM courses.
Ileana Najarro, April 21, 2022
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