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Will More Minority Teachers Close Connecticut's Achievement Gap?

By Lea Trusty - wshu.org - public radio
According to a study from the Institute of Labor Economics, students of color are less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to pursue college if they have at least one minority teacher.

The problem is, there’s a severe shortage of teachers of color in this country. And that gap between minority students and teachers is especially wide in Connecticut.

Some new programs in the state have been designed to close that gap.

Tai Olasanoye interned at an elementary school when he was in college. Before that, he never imagined being a teacher.

Editorial: The Ripple Effect - The Importance of Connections

by Dr. Jill Klefstad - UW Stout
Every day, teachers connect with students, their families, administration, and the community at large. We know all too well that a lack of connection will impact the building of relationships and the learning that occurs. The reality of college teaching is that connections with students vacillate and dissipate as students earn their degree and move into the teaching profession.

This Letter A Fifth Grader Wrote To His Teacher Proves How Important It Is To Have Black Men In Classrooms

By Mariya Moseley - Essence
At a time when Black men make-up of just two percent of our nation’s teachers, this Atlanta educator is determined to make a difference.

Fifth grade teacher Jermaine Stubbs, recently shared a beautiful letter online about just how much he’s appreciated by one of his students. The letter, which has since gone viral, said, “… I look at you like my dad. I never met my real dad but it [is] okay because you treat me like I'm your son.”

Seeking to reverse lack of black male teachers in Detroit

by Holly Fournier - The Detroit News
Former Detroit Police Chief and Deputy Mayor Isaiah McKinnon keeps in touch with three of his Detroit teachers, now retired and in their early 90s.

They were his only black male teachers growing up, he said.

“I saw these strong men,” McKinnon said. “It had a true impact on my life.”