It’s back-to-school time and I couldn’t be more excited!
Although I’m no longer in the classroom, each fall I’m reminded of the joy of new beginnings and the importance of my educational journey. I hope your fall is filled with new insights and adventures.
Here are a few great reads I encountered this month:
Decades After Civil Rights Gains, Black Teachers a Rarity in Public Schools
One school district takes an innovative approach to get more men of color into early childhood education. I think it’s a step in the right direction, but a lot more is needed to build a more diverse teacher pipeline for education in general; especially the first few years of school. Read more.
80 Black Men Greet Boys on First Day of School in Emotional Video
The first day back at school can be nerve wrecking for young kids but this school in Washington, DC made sure that wasn’t the case for their students. Sixty fourth grade boys in Southeast, D.C. entered their first day of school surrounded by 80 men, dressed in suits, lined up to the door, and cheering them on. Read more.
Lack of Black Teachers, Staffing Shortages a Problem in Some DPS Buildings
According to experts, the teacher field has a shortage of Black male teachers. With that being said, there is an increased emphasis on Black students’ access to age-appropriate and culturally responsive books. “It’s incredibly important for the books in the school to have characters that look like them (minority students). It’s also important for the curriculum to be reflective of some of the experiences that they’ve had,” said Tom Lasley of Learn to Earn. Read more.
What Happens to Academic Gender Gaps When Students Grow Up?
This article reminds me of why programs like Barbershop Books, which specifically target boys, are so important. Did you know that in “low-income communities, girls tend to outperform boys in both reading and math.” This article sheds light on how academic gender gaps can change the trajectory of a child’s future. Read more.
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