Education Week - January 10, 2018 - 9
2 Teacher Diversity
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of culturally relevant pedagogy, equity, voice,
and agency throughout their programs. One of
BranchED's goals is to amplify these best practices
and advance the impact of the scholars and
practitioners working in these vitally important
We codified these practices into a "quality
framework," that guides our capacity-building work
with individual providers.
Our work is not meant to grade or penalize
educator-preparation programs but rather to
operationalize the "secret recipe" for equipping
and supporting the next generation of effective,
equity-oriented educators. We hope to see these best
practices embraced not only within minority-serving
institutions but across all educator-preparation
To meet the needs of the changing demographics
in America's classrooms, we must recognize the
role of culture and identity in student learning-
and incorporate this recognition into our teacherpreparation practices. n
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Many of them, which prioritize serving low-income
students, have historically been underfunded.
What's more, minority teaching candidates tend to
have lower scores than their white counterparts on
measures from GPAs to the SAT to licensure tests.
But minority-serving-institution officials and
advocates say that data analysis and other support
services offered by a program like the Branch
Alliance for Educator Diversity could strengthen
and grow these institutions.
After all, these schools have a critical place in the
field. A 2015 Gallup poll found that black college
graduates who attended an HBCU are more likely
than black graduates of other institutions to be
thriving in several areas of their life, including
liking what they do each day. That may even extend
to teaching. n
Learn how high quality summer learning programs
benefit high-attending students in math and reading.
This report describes how, since 2011, five urban school districts
and their partners, the RAND Corporation and Wallace have
been working together to find out whether and how voluntaryattendance summer learning programs combining academics and
enrichment can help students succeed in school.
These and other free resources are available at
10 Big Ideas / www.edweek.org/go/bigideas