As we move toward spring, most teachers are forced to concede that the 2020-21 school year was the greatest challenge ever in their professional lives. First of all, it was a challenge to teach. And second, this year proved to be a daunting obstacle to career progress. Suddenly, the possibilities of career advancement seemed to fade away – whether that progress meant choosing a teaching specialty, becoming a school principal, becoming head of a department, or finding a job in a different school or school system. Read more
Black History Month is an opportunity to remind all Americans of the important role Black teachers have played since Reconstruction in empowering communities politically and socially. But today, it is particularly critical to convince more African Americans to join the profession. The U.S. faces a looming teacher crisis and:
- African Americans are an especially underutilized talent pool, making up 15% of students, but only 7% of teachers.
- African American high school students aspire to teach at only half the rate of Whites. (SRF Student Survey, Fall 2019)
Are students more likely to be victims of cyberbullying during the pandemic when they are spending hours and hours of their days online? Are they more likely to become victims of online predators? Read more
The CDC’s Checklists Are a Helpful Resource
Returning to live instruction in the classroom, whether it happens in stages or all at once, is sure to be challenging to teachers, parents, and school administrators. But let’s not forget that . . . Read more