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August 7, 2019
I convinced my teachers to walk our students’ neighborhoods. It changed our school.
I encouraged my school to lead a walking tour of Camden for staff members. It changed our teachers' perspectives and helped them better understand our students.
July 22, 2019
Memphis black boys, ‘the foremost vulnerable … population in our system,’ are the focus of Ray’s new initiative
Black boys make up about 38% of Shelby County Schools students, but bear the brunt of the negative statistics Joris Ray presented to a crowd of about 200 people Monday.
May 23, 2019
Study suggests ‘deck might be stacked’ against African-American teachers in Michigan
A policy brief by Michigan State University researchers finds that teachers of color are more likely than their white peers to receive low ratings on annual evaluations.
Voices from the field
May 15, 2019
What should new teachers of color know when taking the job? Veterans offer some advice.
What advice would teachers of color give to new recruits before they take the job? Chalkbeat asked three teachers to weigh in.
February 15, 2019
Report: Tennessee’s teacher prep programs are doing a better job, but graduating fewer educators
The state's 40 teacher prep programs maintain or improve their scores on a new report card.
January 10, 2019
One answer to Illinois’ dire preschool teacher shortage: men
In Illinois, women predominantly make up the early education workforce, with men counting for fewer than 2 percent of licensed teachers.
November 29, 2018
In Tennessee, black educators stick with teaching, but change schools more often, says new study
The state’s black teachers, especially males, are transferring to other schools at a higher rate than white teachers.
November 29, 2018
Is the number of teachers of color skyrocketing or stagnating? Here’s what the numbers really say
Here’s what you should know about the demographics of America’s teaching force, and how to make sense of these competing narratives.
November 6, 2018
How diverse are the teachers in your Illinois school district? Find out here.
Our searchable district-by-district database draws on the latest numbers from the Illinois State Board of Education’s annual Illinois School Report Card.
By the numbers
November 5, 2018
Beyond hiring: The struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks
In Chicago, the ranks of black teachers continue to decline, and the percentage of Latino teachers has only increased slightly.
on the ground
November 2, 2018
At one Chicago high school, big plans amid a bilingual teacher shortage
For the principal of Back of the Yards, recruiting native Spanish speaking educators is an essential ingredient in plans to build a dual language program.
October 25, 2018
Teaching high schools get a boost as New York City works to diversify its educator corps
Programs aimed at cultivating high school students interested in making teaching a career are undergoing a significant expansion in New York City, in…
educators of color
July 30, 2018
Denver’s newest group of teachers is its most diverse ever
Hiring more teachers of color has long been a goal for the urban district.
July 25, 2018
Black teachers leave schools at higher rates — but why?
National data shows the problem isn’t just recruiting teachers of color, but retaining them as well.
bias in the classroom
March 16, 2018
‘Disciplinarians first and teachers second’: Black male teachers say they face an extra burden
A number of black male teachers described a similar experience: colleagues assuming that they were better able to deal with behavioral issues among black boys.
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