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With Larry Ferlazzo

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Professional Development Opinion

What Needs To Happen To Recruit & Retain More Teachers Of Color?

By Larry Ferlazzo — January 05, 2015 1 min read
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This week’s “question-of-the-week” is:

What impact can having more teachers of color have on our schools & what needs to be done to make it happen?

In light of the killings of African-American youth in Ferguson, Cleveland, and elsewhere, the issue of recruiting and retaining teachers of color has drawn more attention. Some groups and individuals have been working on that challenge for quite awhile, and others have taken note of it more recently. I’m embarrassed to say that I’m in the latter category. Here are links where you can read more about the concrete work of organizations and public bodies like Educolor, the Boston Public Schools, and the Montgomery County Schools. You can read about these efforts and others at the recent Education Week column, We Need Teachers Of Color and in a collection of other articles I’ve “curated.”

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