Black students who have just one black teacher in elementary school are significantly more likely to graduate high school and attend college. Yet, the chances of a black student—or any student of color—having a teacher who looks like them are unacceptably slim. For high school principal Cory Cain, these numbers aren’t just a statistic, they were his reality. As a young black man growing up in Florida, Cory didn’t have a black teacher until his junior year of college. Now, as a principal, that experience is never far from his mind. He’s constantly thinking of new ways to recruit more people of color into education to ensure that his students benefit from a diverse faculty. During National Principals Month, Cory reflects on the key role principals can play in diversifying the teaching profession. (more…)
Inside the Beltway
What’s going on in Washington?
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) were joined by U.S. Secretary of Education John King for a roundtable discussion in Hartford, CT, on the importance of diversity and equity in education. The discussion focused on strategies and best practices to ensure an excellent education for all students. (more…)