Teachers of Color

African American teacher and her student using touchpad and wearing protective face masks due to coronavirus pandemic.
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Teaching Profession 'Bold, Audacious Goal': Coalition Pushes to Add More Than 1 Million Educators of Color
A coalition of education groups sees the goal as crucial in keeping pace with the growth in the enrollment of students of color.
Denisa R. Superville, December 21, 2021
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Freda Arnold chats with some of her students at Booker Junior High school in Little Rock, Ark., on Dec. 21, 1965. Arnold is one of four white educators on the faculty of the all-Black school.
Freda Arnold chats with some of her students at Booker Junior High school in Little Rock, Ark., on Dec. 21, 1965. Arnold is one of four white educators on the faculty of the all-Black school.
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Recruitment & Retention 4 Changes Schools Can Make to Recruit Teachers of Color and Keep Them Around
America’s K-12 teaching force today remains predominantly white in stark contrast to its rapidly diversifying student body.
Eesha Pendharkar, December 7, 2021
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Freda Arnold chats with some of her students at Booker Junior High school in Little Rock, Ark., on Dec. 21, 1965. Arnold is one of four white educators on the faculty of the all-Black school.
Freda Arnold chats with some of her students at Booker Junior High school in Little Rock, Ark., on Dec. 21, 1965. Arnold is one of four white educators on the faculty of the all-Black school.
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Teaching Profession Video Explainer: Why Is America’s Teaching Force So White?
A lack of diversity in the teaching profession is a problem with academic ramifications for all students. A look at the history behind the issue.
Brooke Saias, December 7, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Video A Black Male Principal in Virginia on Addressing Inequity and Creating a ‘Globalized School’
A Black male principal in Virginia offers insight on everything from school discipline to the recruitment and retention of a diverse staff.
Jaclyn Borowski , November 30, 2021
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Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
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Science Here's How to Make Science More Relevant for Students of Color
Students get more out of science class, these teachers say, when the lessons are linked to their own lives and communities.
Ileana Najarro, November 23, 2021
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Leilani Sabzalian is co-director of the Sapsik’ʷałá Teacher Education Program at the University of Oregon.
Leilani Sabzalian is co-director of the Sapsik’ʷałá Teacher Education Program at the University of Oregon.
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Equity & Diversity Collection A New Generation of Native Educators
Few Native American students have a teacher who looks like them. This program, and these educators, are working to change that.
November 17, 2021
Tyler Sumpter graduated from the Sapsik’ʷałá master’s program at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2021, and began her teaching career at Quileute Tribal School in La Push, Wash., this fall.
Tyler Sumpter graduated from the Sapsik’ʷałá master’s program at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2021, and began her teaching career at Quileute Tribal School in La Push, Wash., this fall.
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Teacher Preparation ‘More Than a Demographic’: The Important Work of Cultivating Native Teachers
A graduate program at the University of Oregon is training Native and Alaska Native teachers to build a deeper bench of Indigenous educators.
Kaylee Domzalski, November 17, 2021
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Teacher Preparation Video A Native Teacher Works to Return to His Tribe
An alumnus of the University of Oregon’s Sapsik’ʷałá master’s program discusses how it helped him reach his professional goal as an educator.
Kaylee Domzalski, November 17, 2021
3:25
Teacher Preparation Video I Am Native American and a Teacher. That Matters to My Students
A 2004 University of Oregon graduate helps her students see that it’s possible to be both Native and a teacher.
Kaylee Domzalski, November 17, 2021
3:24
Tyler Sumpter graduated from the Sapsik’ʷałá master’s program at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2021, and began her teaching career at Quileute Tribal School in La Push, Wash., this fall.
Tyler Sumpter graduated from the Sapsik’ʷałá master’s program at the University of Oregon in the spring of 2021, and began her teaching career at Quileute Tribal School in La Push, Wash., this fall.
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Teacher Preparation Video Shaping the Next Generation of Native Teachers
The University of Oregon is training Native pre-service teachers to create a better classroom experience for Native students.
Kaylee Domzalski, November 17, 2021
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Teaching Profession Video Teacher and Administrator: A South Asian American Educator Navigates Both Worlds
At an independent school in Washington, D.C., a South Asian American educator navigates life as both a teacher and an administrator.
Jaclyn Borowski , October 27, 2021
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Teaching Profession Video Six Schools in Seven Years: Where One Black Male Teacher Found the Right Fit
A black male teacher in Detroit on the value of finding the right school for both staff and students.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 29, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Best Ways for Schools to Prepare for the Next Pandemic
Being better connected to families and the community and diversifying the education workforce are some of the ways to be ready.
Larry Ferlazzo, September 19, 2021
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Teaching Profession Video An Asian American Educator Explains Why Teacher Diversity Benefits All Students
An Asian American teacher talks about how important it is for all students to have teachers of color and from other diverse backgrounds.
Jaclyn Borowski , September 1, 2021
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