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To convince more teachers of color to enter the principal pipeline, New Leaders has launched the Aspiring Principals Fellowship, an online certification and master’s program, with two leading HBCUs, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University. K-12 administrators can support the effort by identifying teacher leaders, assistant principals and other educators who have the potential to move into school leadership.
Despite a steady rise in GPAs, 12th-graders’ math and science scores have declined or stayed flat for a full decade, according to Wednesday’s release of Nation’s Report Card data for the graduating class of 2019. And it remains to be seen if COVID’s extensive disruptions, including the uneven shift to virtual learning, will upend this upward trajectory.
Diversity doesn’t simply mean supporting English learners—it also means recognizing the heterogeneity of English learners themselves. English learners are not, after all, a homogeneous group, says Indira Dammu, a researcher and senior analyst with Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit that works to improve outcomes for underserved students.
Congressional appropriators released the text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, H.R. 2471, in the early morning hours of March 9, in the hopes of finishing the FY 2022 appropriations process in the next week. The omnibus appropriations package includes $76.4 billion in funding for Education Department discretionary programs, an increase of $2.9 billion over the enacted FY 2021 appropriations amount.
Career-technical education programs designed to engage students in the skills needed for the future’s most in-demand jobs are getting re-energized as districts bounce back from COVID with help from a surplus of relief funds.
For some communities, COVID was just the latest ordeal in a string of natural disasters, racial injustice and other crises.
Enrollment in colleges of education has taken a significant hit during COVID as students experiencing financial hardships during the pandemic are choosing to study more lucrative career fields, says Jacqueline Rodriguez, vice president for research, policy and advocacy at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
The Philadelphia-based Center for Black Educator Development has been focused on recruiting, sustaining and retaining teachers of color since before the pandemic, which has only increased the strain on the K-12 workforce.
Principals of color, female principals and principals serving high-poverty schools were especially likely to suffer.