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"The Importance of Minority Teachers"

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Students in urban school districts, regardless of their race or ethnicity, prefer teachers of color to white teachers, a study has found.

The study, published last week in the journal Educational Researcher by two New York University professors, found that students of all races, but particularly students of color, have more favorable perceptions of minority teachers versus white teachers.

The researchers looked at over 50,000 adolescent student reports on 1,680 classroom teachers in six districts and found that students rated Latino and black teachers more positively than white teachers, even after controlling for student demographic and academic characteristics, teacher efficacy, and other teacher characteristics.

Lead author Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng said the overall findings suggest that minority teachers can translate their experiences and identities to form rapports with students of different backgrounds.

Only 18 percent of teachers are teachers of color.

Vol. 36, Issue 08, Page 5

Published in Print: October 12, 2016, as Teachers of Color
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