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Nov 01, 2021 2021-11-01

Professional Growth

Action Steps for Building a Welcoming School Environment

Recruiting a diverse staff and building a “family-like” school culture are among the key action steps more than 100 Black educators recommend school leaders follow in a recent report released by Teach Plus and the Center for Black Educator Development. The paper presented the findings of focus groups conducted during spring and summer 2020, compiling the perspectives of 105 Black teachers from across 12 states. Entitled “To Be Who We Are: Black Teachers on Creating Affirming School Cultures,” the report offers key insights on how to build school environments that feel welcoming for Black educators, such as ensuring that curricula include the perspectives of historically underrepresented groups. The authors also recommend that leaders provide opportunities for teachers of color to participate in mentorship programs and focus groups to debrief their experiences, especially in schools with majority-white faculty, where Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, or Asian educators may be one of just a few colleagues who share their racial identity.

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