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Organization Mentors Black Teachers to Counteract Dropout Rate

May 25, 2023

Organization Mentors Black Teachers to Counteract Dropout Rate

Ask Students: How is the Center for Black Education Development building a Black teacher pipeline? What lens is teacher preparation centered in?

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In the series Rethinking College, there has been an emphasis on showing why it’s crucial to build and diversify the teaching pipeline throughout a student’s academic life and the impact it can have. Geoff Bennett reports on why developing and recruiting more Black teachers is especially important for Black students to make sure they go on and get their degrees.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Where do Black male teachers make up less than 2 percent of all public school teachers?
  • Why is a Black student having a Black teacher beneficial, according to this story?
  • How is the Center for Black Education Development building a Black teacher pipeline?
  • What lens is teacher preparation centered in?
  • Who sets high expectations for Black students?

Focus Questions

Do you agree that students having a teacher that looks like them can be impactful? Why or why not?

Media Literacy: The story focuses on Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Would it have been different if other parts of the country were covered?

Extension Activity

On a blank piece of paper, write down how a teacher has impacted you. If you haven’t experienced a moment where you felt a teacher has personally impacted you, write down how you think teachers can connect more with students.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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