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Demographics of new hires revamps conversation on need for minority teachers in Tennessee

by Lasherica Thornton - Jackson Sun - West Tennessee
For July, there were 77 new hires, 23 resignations and 18 remaining vacancies for Jackson-Madison County School System, as of Monday.

But, the need for minority teachers – their recruitment and retention – is being discussed among the school board again because of the demographics of the new hires.

Report Highlights Teacher Recruitment, Diversity Initiatives

by Sarah Wood - Diverse Issues in Higher Education
To address ongoing teacher shortages and increase the diversity of the teacher workforce, the state of Mississippi has launched Grow Your Own (GYO) initiatives, according to a New America report.

The report, "Mississippi's Multifaceted Approach to Tackling Teacher Shortages," analyzes the impact of the programs and offers strategies other states can implement.

Do White People Get It? Racism Through the Eyes of a Black Male Teacher

By Malcolm J. Gillard - Education Week Editorial
The video of George Floyd taking his last breath was difficult for me to process. I experienced anger, sadness, fear, frustration, disgust, outrage, and betrayal. I can't express what I felt when Floyd begged the officer to remove his knee from his neck and called out to his deceased mother. Watching him being restrained in that moment, I imagined Floyd as a young child—no different from a child I teach—crying out for help.

Educate ME Early program hopes to increase presence of diverse male teachers in early education

by Melissa Crash - Fox 59
There's a new push to increase the number of men of color in the classroom. According to the nonprofit Early Learning Indiana, there's a major lack of ethnic and gender diversity in early childhood education.

Pre-K Teacher Zachary Ferguson loves his job. Everything from story time over Zoom calls, to his time back in the classroom.