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Teaching Profession Video Voices From the Field | Black Male Educators on Pipelines and Retention
Black men account for only 2 percent of teachers, and their turnover rates are especially high. A look at the problems and potential solutions behind that statistic.
Jaclyn Borowski , May 4, 2021
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Equity & Diversity What Black Men Need From Schools to Stay in the Teaching Profession
Only 2 percent of teachers are Black men. Three Black male educators share their views on what's behind the statistic.
8 min read
A nurse prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine in London.
A nurse prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine. Teachers of color in the U.S. are being vaccinated at lower rates that their peers.
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Equity & Diversity Why Are Black Teachers Being Vaccinated at Lower Rates Than Their White Peers?
The discrepancies are about more than vaccine hesitancy, says one union leader.
Madeline Will, March 3, 2021
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Recruitment & Retention How School Districts Are Keeping Diverse Teacher Recruitment at the Top of Their Agenda
Some districts are forging ahead with efforts to hire and retain more teachers of color. Here's how they're doing it in the pandemic.
Elizabeth Heubeck, February 17, 2021
4 min read
Baron Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
Baron Davis, superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From Building a Community for Black Male Teachers
Baron R. Davis is leading efforts to hire more Black male teachers committed to improving academic excellence in a South Carolina district.
Christina A. Samuels, February 17, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion The Important Political History of Black History Month
African American teachers have a long history of placing their students’ needs above the strictures of white school leadership.
Jarvis R. Givens, January 29, 2021
4 min read
Irene Sanchez, an educator in the Azusa Unified school district, stands outside her home in Riverside, Calif.
Irene Sanchez, an educator in the Azusa Unified school district, stands outside her home in Riverside, Calif.
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Social Studies Teachers of Color More Likely Than White Peers to Tackle 'Controversial' Civics Topics
They were also more likely to emphasize teaching the Bill of Rights and the responsibilities of citizenship, a recent survey found.

Sarah Schwartz, January 5, 2021
7 min read
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Teaching Profession Teachers in High-Poverty Schools Penalized Unfairly on Observations, Study Says
The study found that Black teachers were disproportionately given lower classroom observation scores due to factors beyond their control.
Madeline Will, December 14, 2020
7 min read
Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
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Teaching Profession How COVID-19 Is Hurting Teacher Diversity
Layoffs that are based on seniority can disproportionately affect Black and brown teachers.
Madeline Will, September 14, 2020
10 min read
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Teaching Profession 'No One Else Is Going to Step Up': In a Time of Racial Reckoning, Teachers of Color Feel the Pressure
It’s tiring to be asked to lead conversations about race and racism, teachers of color say. But at the same time, many feel a sense of responsibility to take charge of this work.
Madeline Will, July 21, 2020
9 min read
On July 24, 2016, a photo of Philando Castile hangs on the gate of the governor’s residence in St. Paul, Minn., as protesters demonstrate against the deadly shooting of Castile by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn.
On July 24, 2016, a photo of Philando Castile hangs on the gate of the governor’s residence in St. Paul, Minn., as protesters demonstrate against the deadly shooting of Castile by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn.
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Teaching Profession Opinion Do White People Get It? Racism Through the Eyes of a Black Male Teacher
Educators have a responsibility to eradicate systemic racism, writes Malcolm J. Gillard. That starts with understanding their role in upholding it.
Malcolm J. Gillard, July 7, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color: Why It Matters, Ways to Do It
Some districts are making gains in recruiting and holding onto Black, Hispanic, and Asian teachers. Here are some ideas for how to do it.
Elizabeth Heubeck, June 30, 2020
6 min read
Teaching Profession What the Research Says Educators of Color Cite 'Invisible Tax'
Teachers of color are being hired at a faster clip than white teachers, but progress in hiring doesn't necessarily mean progress in retaining teachers, finds a report by the Education Trust and Teach Plus.
Catherine Gewertz, October 1, 2019
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