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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here are seven facts about Latinx people to share with your students. 1. Hispanic Heritage Month was first established as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.? 2. It was later expanded into a month- long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, spanning from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.? 3. As of 2016, the Hispanic population in the U.S. was 57 million, which makes Hispanics the second- fastest-growing racial group in the nation. 4. People of Mexican descent make up about two-thirds of the U.S. Hispanic population with 35.3 million people. 5. Research shows that 68% of Latinos over the age of 5 speak English proficiently. This is a 59% increase from 2000. 6. 55% of Hispanic adults identify as Catholic, 16% identify as evangelical Protestants and 5% identify as mainline Protestants. 7. As of 2016, a record 27.3 million Latinos are eligible to vote. This is five million more than in 2012.
White people need the humility to understand that helping is not the same as controlling. That was the main takeaway educator Zach Wright had when meeting civil rights and educational opportunity icon Howard Fuller. Wright recently met Fuller at an educator summit where he found himself “transfixed” by Fuller’s address. Wright says Fuller’s lessons were hard to hear, triggering defensiveness. But he pushed through his discomfort to grasp one of the most powerful messages a teacher can hear. Zach Wright Put Howard Fuller’s and Zach Wright’s words into action today and let’s make students’ lives better. Read Zach’s blog over at EducationPost.org.
Implicit bias in teachers is one of the sneakiest forms of racism, and one of the hardest to fix. But what is implicit bias? Award-winning teacher Tom Rademacher wrestled with the vocabulary for Education Post. In Tom’s words, implicit bias isn’t the kind of racism that results in “racial slurs and the donning of white hoods.” Tom Rademacher So what do we do about implicit bias? Tom has recommendations. First, teachers can take Project Implicit’s test to determine their baseline biases toward certain groups. Checking on your assumptions regularly, questioning yourself and asking more of yourself will lead to improvements in your own mental blindspots. Next up, speak to your students about biases and how to overcome them by building trust via conversations.
Quick gut check: Does your child attend a good school? As a mom and an educator, Shawnta Barnes has thought a lot about it. Here are her 8 things every good school must have. 1. Teachers believe all students can learn. 2. All students are learning, even those who are racially, ethnically, linguistically or economically different. 3. Teachers know their content well. 4. The school communicates with parents clearly and frequently about important issues and asks for input before making decisions. 5. The principal supports teachers and builds teacher leaders. 6. The school is safe from violence. 7. The school has appropriate, up-to-date resources. 8. The teachers and staff are not racists, bullies, pedophiles or any danger to the school community. Thanks, Shawnta! Find more at EducationPost.org and her blog, Indy.Education.
Want to expand your understanding of how to create equity and opportunity for students of color? 2018 Virginia Teacher of the Year Michelle Cottrell-Williams says these 10 educators will blow your mind with ways to help all children learn. Val Brown, @ValeriaBrownEdu Michelle Cottrell-Williams Kelly Wickham Hurst, @mochamomma Marian Dingle, @DingleTeach Michelle Cottrell-Williams Cornelius Minor, @MisterMinor Michelle Cottrell-Williams Vivett Dukes, @VivettDukes Michelle Cottrell-Williams Tricia Ebarvia, @triciaebarvia Michelle Cottrell-Williams Lorena Germán, @nenagerman Julia Torres, @juliaerin80 Michelle Cottrell-Williams Christina Spears, @CSpearsEDU José Luis Vilson, @TheJLV Thanks for the list, Michelle! Check out the rest of her piece at EducationPost.org.
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These are the civil rights protections that have been removed by the Trump administration and Betsy DeVos. December 2018 Education writer and activist Laura Waters October 2018 The department argued, “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” The Center for American Progress found that LGBTQ students reported harassment “72.5% versus 19.9%” of their peers from 2013 through 2016. 2014 Oregon Teacher of the Year Brett Bigham September 2018 Nick Anderson, Washington Post October 2017 NCLD CEO Lindsay E. Jones
NASA has advanced STEM education for six decades. And it’s time for the 21st century version of the moon landing. Take it from astrophysicist and TV host Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Neil DeGrasse Tyson NASA missions inspire kids to be scientists and engineers. Harvard’s Nancy Hill says NASA missions gave a generation of STEM students something to work toward. Nancy Hill What will NASA do next to inspire the STEM students of today to become the scientists of tomorrow?
What do teachers choose for their own summer reading? Education writer Maureen Kelleher asked some and here’s what they recommended. “Blended” by Sharon Draper Maureen Kelleher on “Blended” “Internment” by Samira Ahmed, in which heroine Layla, a young Muslim, is forced into an internment camp with her family and thousands of other families like them. “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo presents Xiomara Batista's journey from isolated fighter to slam team poet. “Educated” by Tara Westover, a memoir about leaving her survivalist family to receive an education. “Heavy” by Kiese Laymon Maureen Kelleher To find out about all of the books that made Maureen's list, check out EducationPost.org. What books are on your summer reading list?
It’s been five decades since astronaut Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind, but it’s still as important as ever. There are dozens of schools across the country named after astronauts like Armstrong, Sally Ride, Buzz Aldrin and more. National enthusiasm for NASA’s moon program brought $500 million to the National Science Foundation specifically for teacher and classroom development. Everything about science education changed during and after the space race, and we’re still feeling the effects to this day. Ohio State University biology professor Steven Rissing Now, with 50 years of accumulated scientific data, NASA’s got another trip to the moon in sight. After that? Mars. Which of today’s STEM whiz students will be the next explorer to have schools and buildings named after them?
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If you’re a fan of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, you can partly thank Title IX for it. The 1972 education law closed a loophole against discrimination on the basis of sex in schools. This included school sports, which gave athletic opportunities to women like Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan they may have otherwise been denied. By requiring equal funding for girls' sports programs, participation in girls' soccer increased from 700 nationally in 1972 to almost 400,000 today. Title IX has not been enforced rigorously around the country. Moira Donegan in The Guardian To be enforced equitably, it would require a stronger look at arts, academic extracurriculars and more to reach Title IX’s full potential. If girls and women can have such success thanks to Title IX’s sports provisions, imagine what would happen if the rest of the law were enforced.
There Are Still Over 100 Schools Named After Confederate Figures The Southern Poverty Law Center has been on the case. These schools are named for Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and others. More than 129,000 students attend those schools. Students of color say they feel uncomfortable walking into Confederate-named schools. Black Texas student Joralen Mauldin Some schools are finally catching up to the 21st century. J. E. B. Stuart Elementary in Richmond, Virginia, changed its name to Barack Obama Elementary School. The North East Independent School District in Texas Or LEE High for short. In Tulsa, the former Lee School School should be a place where every student feels welcome.
When students of color have even one teacher matching their racial background, their educational prospects rise significantly. The data backs this up. Charter schools in North Carolina are leading the way in recruiting more diverse teachers. Seth Gershenson, Fordham Institute Seth Gershenson, Fordham Institute Students’ test scores increase in math and English, but these aren’t the only positive results. Black students who had Black teachers during K-12 have higher high school graduation rates. And having teachers of color also makes students of color 19% more likely to graduate college. By recruiting more teachers of color, more Black and Brown kids are getting the experience of being taught by a same-race teacher in urban charter schools.
U.S. college students are shifting towards business and health degrees—and fewer students are entering education. Over the last five decades, education majors have shrunk significantly. In the 1970s, it was one of the most popular U.S. college majors at 21%. In 2016, only 4.4% of college students majored in education. While the most popular bachelor's degree in 2016 was business—with nearly 20% of graduates completing studies in that field. That’s up from only 13.7% in 1971. So how do we get more students into the education field?
4 Moments in LGBT History That All Students Should Learn Sharing moments like these helps create a school environment where LGBTQ students can thrive, and where all students can build empathy. January 1958 The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the nation's first pro-gay publication, ONE: The Homosexual Magazine, after the U.S. Post Office refused to deliver it. June 28, 1969 Patrons and sympathizers rioted against police after they raided The Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar. Several days of demonstrations followed this first major protest demanding equal rights for the LGBTQ community. October 2009 President Obama signs into law an act named after two men murdered in hate crimes. The law expanded legislation to include crimes motivated by actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability as hate crimes. June 26, 2015 The Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage as a Constitutional right nationwide. All states must allow Americans to marry who they love, regardless of gender.
Are You Teaching Your Students These Historic Moments in the Fight for LGBTQ Equality? January, 1958 The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the nations first pro-gay publication, ONE: The Homosexual Magazine, after the U.S. Post Office refused to deliver it. June 28, 1969 Patrons and sympathizers rioted against police after they raided The Stonewall Inn, a New York City gay bar. Several days of demonstrations followed and it is regarded as the first major protest in favor of equal rights for the LGBTQ community. October, 2009 President Obama signs the act into law, named after two men murdered in hate crimes. The law expanded legislation to include crimes motivated by actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability as hate crimes. June 26, 2015 The Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage as a Constitutional right nationwide. All states must allow Americans to marry who they love, regardless of gender.
U.S. college students are shifting towards business and health degrees—and new teachers are dwindling. Over the last five decades, education majors have shrunk significantly. In the 1970s, it was the the most popular U.S. college major at 21%. In 2016, it was only 4.4%. The most popular bachelor's degree in 2016-17 was business. During those years, nearly 20% of graduates completed studies in that field. These figures come from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Here’s what you need to know about California’s new anti-charter bills. If passed, the bills aim to achieve four main things. 2. Make it harder for charters to get authorized by giving the districts virtually all power over the matter. 3. Cap the number of charters at whatever it is right now and make it so having more than 10% of students attending charter schools in a district is against the law. 4. Put the brakes on charter schools finding a building to open a school outside of the district. Despite the attention to charter schools, only 10.6% of students were enrolled in charter schools in California statewide in 2018. But among those students are nearly 50,000 African American students across California. Black families in California are more likely than families of other races to choose charter schools for their children. In 7 out of 8 major school districts in California, The reality is Black and Brown families need options—especially in California. There must be less resistance to schools that are working, and more attention to how we can improve all schools so our most vulnerable students are not losing.
Linda Brown died on March 25, 2018. Brown passed in her home state of Kansas at the age of 75. She was the leading figure of the historic Brown v. Board of Education case. The case ended segregation in America's schools. Brown was only 9 years old when her father tried to enroll her in an all-White school. When the school prohibited her enrollment, her father sued the city's board of education. Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer