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Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students' Chances of Going to College

Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students' Chances of Going to College | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"Black students who had two black teachers by third grade were 32 percent more likely to enroll in college, a new study finds."

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Hate crimes rose 17 percent last year, according to new FBI data

Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said the report “provides further evidence that more must be done to address the divisive climate of hate in America. That begins with leaders from all walks of life and from all sectors of society forcefully condemning anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hate whenever it occurs.

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Social Justice Teaching Harnesses the Power of Hope for Students

Social Justice Teaching Harnesses the Power of Hope for Students | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

The 2017 Teacher of the Year describes ways to show students that their voices are powerful .... "For both our students and ourselves, when we unapologetically teach toward social justice, we harness the power of hope."

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Like many districts throughout the nation, Hernando, Florida, schools suspend black kids far more often than white ones. Now the district is trying to close its disciplinary gap.

Like many districts throughout the nation, Hernando, Florida, schools suspend black kids far more often than white ones. Now the district is trying to close its disciplinary gap. | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"The district is attempting to attack the problem by improving relationships between schools and families."

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After Pittsburgh shooting, schools grapple with response to anti-Semitism

After Pittsburgh shooting, schools grapple with response to anti-Semitism | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"Schools have become fertile ground for anti-Semitic and other bias-fueled incidents — and in some cases, the setting for determined efforts to stamp them out."

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Wisconsin's large school districts target black-white achievement gaps

Wisconsin's large school districts target black-white achievement gaps | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"The Wisconsin Urban Leadership Institute is a 10-month program aimed at helping principals recognize racial inequities in their schools and their own beliefs that may help perpetuate them.

 

"Wisconsin is one of 10 states where they are focusing that work, in part because of the candor with which Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers has publicly addressed Wisconsin's gaps in recent years, said Mary Dean Berringer, a Detroit-based consultant who helped assemble the Wisconsin team that included representatives of the five districts, the Urban League of Madison, Evers' office and others."

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Minorities Interested in Advanced Degrees Face Key Hurdles

Minorities Interested in Advanced Degrees Face Key Hurdles | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"First-generation, Hispanic and black college students are interested in advanced degrees but may face challenges in exposure to information and to some key sources of advice in bringing those interests to fruition."

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Poster contest celebrates 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Poster contest celebrates 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it
It's the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and your students can celebrate by participating in this poster contest. The contest is open to young people from kindergarten through college (ages 5-21) who live in the United States. Individual, class, or group entries accepted. Winners will be announced on Human Rights Day, December 10.
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Appleton School District sends letter to parents after weekend ICE arrests

Appleton School District sends letter to parents after weekend ICE arrests | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"The Appleton School District sent a letter to parents Thursday, showing their support for families after the recent arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE agents over the weekend. In the letter, the district said it's top priority is to 'ensure a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment.' It also provided a 'Know Your Rights' guide as a resource to families."

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Members and supporters of Concerned Black Citizens of Beloit continue to protest by keeping kids out of school

Members and supporters of Concerned Black Citizens of Beloit continue to protest by keeping kids out of school | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

The protest - called a "Blackout" in the organizers' social media posts - is in response to issues that organizers say include too much money being spent on the new welcome center, lagging student grades and alleged racism in hiring practices within the district and the appointment of school board members. School District of Beloit Public Information Officer Brian Vissers said there were 404 students reported absent Friday, and the protest continued this week.

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Texas superintendent resigns over comment about black...

Texas superintendent resigns over comment about black... | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that "You can't count on a black quarterback" in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned."

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Multiple support strategies necessary to close school-to-prison pipeline

Multiple support strategies necessary to close school-to-prison pipeline | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"Michael Spearman, lead behavior specialist for Shelby County Schools in Tennessee, shares with Chalkbeat his view as a former law enforcement officer with the Memphis Police Department as he discusses the importance of having on-site school personnel to help meet students' emotional needs."

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In the age of Trump, there's a fine line between racism and free speech. Even at high school football games

"When fans of a mostly white Orange County high school chanted 'USA! USA!' after their football team scored, was it school spirit or a form of racism — given that the other team's school was nearly all Latino? Educators look to calm Trump era tensions by turning them into teachable moments."

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‘A real window of opportunity:’ Latinos cautiously optimistic Evers can help on top issues

‘A real window of opportunity:’ Latinos cautiously optimistic Evers can help on top issues | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"Even with a Republican-controlled state legislature, local Latinos are cautiously optimistic they will see movement on these two issues they’ve pushed for years: driver's licenses and in-state tuition for the undocumented."

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Panel discusses UW's shortfalls in supporting indigenous students

Panel discusses UW's shortfalls in supporting indigenous students | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"For Native November, indigenous alumni consider cultural history and strategies to make improvements in addressing mental health."

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Equity and Social Justice Institute is November 12 in Middleton

Equity and Social Justice Institute is November 12 in Middleton | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it
The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network is sponsoring an Equity and Social Justice Institute November 12 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton. This day-long institute has been designed to provide a foundational understanding for engaging in equity work on behalf of students and families. 
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Sharing Immigrant Experiences in the Classroom

Sharing Immigrant Experiences in the Classroom | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"Exploring the perspectives of immigrants with students helps them better understand the meaning of citizenship in a democracy."

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5 Ways To Make Classrooms More Inclusive

5 Ways To Make Classrooms More Inclusive | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"LGBTQ students are more likely to be bullied, which can lead to missed classes and a higher risk of suicide. For them, a teacher who knows how to make the classroom more inclusive can make a big difference."

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The black struggle for technology jobs

The black struggle for technology jobs | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"In Atlanta and other racially segregated cities, the education system is stacked against African Americans competing for STEM careers. If Amazon picks the city for its second headquarters, things could get even worse."

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Survey: LGBT students face more hostile school climates

Survey: LGBT students face more hostile school climates | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it
After years of decline, verbal harassment of transgender students increased between 2015 and 2017, the results show.
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American Indian Studies and Act 31

American Indian Studies and Act 31 | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

Wisconsin Act 31 requires that all public school districts provide instruction in the history, sovereignty, and culture of the 11 federally-recognized tribes and bands in Wisconsin. This must be included in the curriculum at least twice during the elementary years and once in high school. Yet, compliance with Act 31 is often lacking."

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Changes in makeup of students create need for Appleton schools' first-ever diversity officer

Changes in makeup of students create need for Appleton schools' first-ever diversity officer | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"In the past two decades, the demographics of Appleton schools have shifted drastically. Students of color make up 31 percent of the district, compared to 12 percent in 1997-98. The percentage of economically disadvantaged students during that same time frame jumped from 16 percent to 40 percent. Three percent more of the student body is in special education (16 percent), and four percent more are learning English as they go (9 percent)."

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Oconomowoc schools to host diversity talks amid white privilege debate

Oconomowoc schools to host diversity talks amid white privilege debate | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"The Oconomowoc Area School District is going to be hosting two community conversations on the topic of diversity, which comes several months after a debate came up at Oconomowoc High School regarding the topic of white privilege."

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In the Aftermath of Conversion Therapy, Counselors Offer Healing Support

In the Aftermath of Conversion Therapy, Counselors Offer Healing Support | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"Although conversion therapy has been denounced by leading mental health organizations, the harmful practice is still legal in the majority of the United States. Counselors can help LGBTQ clients heal from the harm caused by conversion therapy. Rebuilding trust between clients and the counseling profession is often an important first step."

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School suspensions show racial gap

School suspensions show racial gap | Diversity, Equality and Social Justice | Scoop.it

"Even short suspensions can add up to big losses of instruction, particularly for students of color and special education students, researchers have found. A new study by Daniel Losen and Kacy Martin at the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles, found deep discipline disparities for California middle schoolers. In the first 100 days of the 2016-17 school year, black students in 7th and 8th grades lost 76 days of school for every 100 students enrolled, and black students in kindergarten through 3rd grade lost 17 days of class to discipline for every 100 students. By contrast, the rate of lost time for every 100 white students was 19 days in grades 7 and 8, and four days in grades K-3 during the same period."

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