Urban Education Mixtape

Months ago, the Education Trust released a report titled Through Our Eyes which detailed the experiences and feelings of Black teachers in American public schools. The revelations that Black teachers made in the report echoes many of the thoughts and feelings that I experienced while in the classroom. Most of my Black colleagues shared similar sentiments as I did and the teachers shared in this report. Much of the discussion surrounding Black teachers has to do with their importance, how to recruit more of them and how to retain more of them. I tend to focus on the last of those ideas because if you cannot keep Black teachers in the classroom, recruiting more of them really doesn?t matter and admitting their importance to students is lip service at best. According to a 2012-2013 National Center for Education Statistics report, the highest percentage of teachers who moved or left…

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