Revisiting the Teacher Selectivity and Diversity Dilemma

From the Center for American Progress

For the past three decades, two concerns have dominated the national conversation about the teaching workforce: diversity and talent. The teaching profession is not as racially diverse or selective as it needs to be, yet calls for making the selection process more rigorous have often been met with skepticism. Many educators, policymakers, and other stakeholders worry that increasing selectivity may lead to a less racially diverse teacher workforce. So, are the two goals compatible?

At this event, the Center for American Progress will discuss two new papers on this topic. The first piece—“Revisiting the Persistent Teacher Diversity Problem”—ranks states on the percentage-point difference between teachers of color and students of color. The authors find that the percentage of nonwhite students has continued to increase, while the percentage of diverse teachers has remained stagnant or has fallen.

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REGISTER TODAY: Action Civics Initiative 2017 Summer Convening

The Action Civics Initiative is a non-partisan network of thirty-one organizations working together to expand the number of young Americans who are offered substantial, experiential, civic learning through in or out of school, and to thereby increase the quality and equity of civic learning in America.

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1:00pm 1:00pm

Black Male Media Project

  • 10 Monument Road Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004 United States (map)
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This event is part of a year-long Black Male Engagement initiative sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists and its local chapters. We want to present young men with positive, black male role models in the community and in the media who are doing things to impact the perception of and conversation about black men.

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8:00am 8:00am

On The Table Philly: A Breakfast Hosted by Graduate! Philadelphia

JOIN US on Tuesday, May 23rd. Graduate! Philadelphia will be hosting a breakfast as part of OnThe Table Philly, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Philadelphia Foundation, as a way to spark great conversations and ideas about how to strengthen our City! (
For those of you who don't already know, Graduate! Philadelphia works with Comebackers - adults who have some college credit who want to go back to school to complete their degree. In Philadelphia, there are 80,000 adults in this situation and 316,000 in the greater Philadelphia region. Since 2008, we've helped thousands of adults return back to college and have had over 900 adults earn 1045 degrees.
Our topic is how youth who have an adult in their lives who has a college degree are more likely to get to and through both high school and college.  As a leader in our City, we want you to share your thoughts on this important issue. Let's see how we can work together to make sure every child can succeed.

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