Further Research Finds Lack of Teacher Diversity Negatively Impacts Minority Students

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“Research from two Vanderbilt University researchers has expanded on the fact that a lack of teacher diversity could be significantly disadvantaging minority students. After studying more than 10,000 elementary-school students with a gifted program in their schools, the researches found that white children were twice as likely to get into gifted programs than black students even while having the same math and reading scores on federally-administered tests. The researchers called this finding nothing short of troubling.”(more)

6 Education Stories To Watch In 2016

nprEd – Claudio Sanchez

“Claudio Sanchez is the senior member of the NPR Ed team, with more than 25 years on the education beat. We asked him for his list of the top stories he’ll be watching in 2016.”(more)

How efforts to combine arts with STEM education could improve tech diversity

The Christian Science Monitor – Max Lewontin

“Amid ongoing debates about the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley and often-dismal statistics on minority students studying computer science in high school and college, links between art and traditional STEM disciplines – such as the technological innovations of hip hop – aren’t always discussed, says Nettrice Gaskins, an artist and teacher at Boston Arts Academy, at an event on Tuesday at Harvard Law School.”(more)

Schools Are Incredibly Segregated, But Teaching Kids In Two Languages Could Help

The Huffington Post – Rebecca Klein

“A walk through Heritage Elementary School in Woodburn, Oregon, can make you feel like you’re touring Europe. In one classroom, a group of third-graders learn to read in Spanish. In another, students recite multiplication tables in Russian. In other parts of the school, students are receiving instruction in English…It’s part of the Woodburn School District, which has an expansive dual-language program although the vast majority of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch…In the decade since the district enacted its dual-language program, the gap in graduation rates between Woodburn’s English language learners — or ELLs — and native English speakers has closed. Experts say that if implemented properly, dual language programs not only encourage students to appreciate other cultures as well as their own, but can even help desegregate districts where minority students and their white counterparts attend separate and unequal schools.”(more)

Exposure to STEM fields early helps girls, minorities see potential

The GazetteXtra – Ann Belser

“When Clinique Brundidge was growing up, she didn’t need to be introduced to the fields of engineering and math. She was born into them. Brundidge’s father was an engineer at the General Motors Institute, so she grew up visiting the GM plant in Detroit. At the University of Michigan, she studied materials science for her bachelor’s degree and later earned a doctorate in the same field. These days there’s an increased focus on getting more students comfortable in the so-called STEM fields—the acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Research has shown that students in the U.S. are falling behind their peers in those subjects at the same time that there are job opportunities in those fields.”(more)

Charter School Enrollment Continues to Climb Nationwide

Education News – Grace Smith

“Charter school enrollment rose steadily during the last school year, and some districts, like Los Angeles Unified School District, had a growth rate of almost 10% in just one year…Today, more than 2.9 million students are being educated in charter schools in 43 states and the District of Columbia. That is approximately 6% of the total number of pupils enrolled in the countries’ traditional public schools. The report, published after the release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the Nation’s Report Card), showed that some cities with a large number of charter schools, such as Washington, are showing significantly higher rates of student achievement.”(more)