Why Do Schools Need to Hire a Racially Diverse Teaching Staff?

As part of the recent “Black Lives Matter at School” movement, we’ve seen many opinion pieces published about why various educators believe schools need better representation of people of color among their teaching staff. But is there any evidence that having a racially diverse group of teachers actually benefits students? Let’s take a look at how race impacts student achievement, and how your school can develop a racially and ethnically diverse staff. How does a diverse teaching force affect student…

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How to implement MTSS and Culturally Responsive PBIS in your school to promote equity and reduce the opportunity gap

Last week, we took a look at the research supporting the use of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Culturally Responsive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as methods for promoting equity and reducing the achievement gap in schools. This week, we want to provide you with some action steps to implement MTSS and Culturally Responsive PBIS practices at your school. How can your school implement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework? The Equity Alliance has identified five steps for your school to…

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Top 3 reasons for teacher turnover (other than salary)

Teacher turnover in schools is disruptive to a students’ ability to learn, especially in low performing schools. When teacher retention is an issue, principals may find it challenging to meet their student achievement targets and the hiring of new teachers because it is time-consuming.  How does teacher turnover affect the achievement gap? You may not be surprised to learn that teachers are almost twice as likely to leave schools in high poverty areas. Additionally, schools with a high percentage of minority students…

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