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Tag: Achievement gaps
Report Analyzes High Unemployment Among Black Men
A recent report has analyzed the causes and potential solutions for why Black men suffer from the highest unemployment rates of any race and gender group. Looking through Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, report author Dr. Harry J. Holzer, a nonresident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, found that Black men […]
March 4, 2021
Pennsylvania State Higher Ed System Chancellor Acknowledges Equity Issues for Students of Color
Despite voicing commitment to fighting campus racism, Dr. Daniel Greenstein, chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has not examined the system’s own faults and history with inequity, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The system has experienced criticism about its insufficient response to campus racism and its achievement gaps between students of color and […]
January 14, 2021
Now, More than Ever, America Needs More Black Male Social Studies Teachers
For Black students in America, having a same-race social studies teacher is extremely rare. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), social studies teachers make up just 7% of the entire teacher workforce. And of all social studies teachers, roughly 94% are White (54% men and 40% women). Just 3% of America’s social studies teachers are Black men. And only 3% are Black women. In fact, the average social studies teacher is a White male in his mid-40s despite the fact that men only make up 23% of all teachers. As a result, only 1 to 2 lessons or 8–9% of total US History class time is devoted to Black history.
June 16, 2020
To Help Narrow Achievement Gaps During and After COVID-19, Families Must Promote Rigor and Relevance at Home
Who knows how long schools will be closed, but every day counts when it comes to addressing academic achievement gaps. Every day, I am so very concerned about Black students falling further behind their White counterparts. This angst increases during the summer when achievement disparities increase drastically. While those with the fiscal means and educational clout are pushing their children forward, far too often, Black children are falling backwards or behind. The reality is that gaps can be and are gulfs, sucking in our Black children.
April 26, 2020
Social-Emotional Learning for Black Students is Ineffective When it is Culture-Blind
Educational professionals ill-prepared to work in culturally relevant ways with students of color in their capacity as mental health professionals (e.g., counselors, social workers, psychologists), and teachers, administrators, and policy makers can contribute to and even exacerbate SEL issues for students of color.
February 6, 2020
Study: Black and Latino Students Often Left out of Advanced Coursework
Whether it’s lack of resources or lack of opportunity, a study from The Education Trust finds that Black and Latino students across the country are being denied valuable educational opportunities.
January 9, 2020
Colleges Vie for Resources to Address STEM Disparities
In an era of scarce resources, colleges and universities are increasingly turning to big donors to fund efforts focused squarely on closing achievement gaps in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. For more than a decade, institutions have tried — without much success — to address the ongoing disparity. Still, that has not kept them from making new efforts.
August 2, 2019
Corporate Model ‘Chipping Away’ at Essence of Academy: Five Issues
As universities nationwide are implementing the corporate model, faculty need to deal with issues of how the model is spreading to many aspects of university life and is negatively impacting students, especially first-generation students.
July 22, 2019
Report Envisions Path Forward for Educational Equity in Tennessee
Tennessee’s work to increase its residents’ postsecondary attainment levels through initiatives such as the “Drive to 55” campaign, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect has positioned the state as a national model, but leaders must not get complacent with the progress made thus far.
February 26, 2019
Nationwide Initiative to Boost Graduation Numbers
With the goal of significantly increasing the number of graduates by the year 2025, the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has launched an unprecedented nationwide collaborative effort.
February 26, 2018
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