Emmile Ignacio Brack

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The Burden On Black Teachers: 'I Don't Belong At Your Table'

Students need many things, from visionary principals to sharp pencils. Somewhere near the top of that list should be these two words:<p>Black teachers.<p>As of 2012, 16 percent of public school students were African-American, while just 7 percent of teachers were black. To make matters worse, according …

Teaching

'Black Lives Matter': a movement that defies definition | Reuters

(This July 11 story corrects spelling of name Punch in penultimate and last paragraph)<p>A demonstrator with Black Lives Matter holds up a sign during a protest in front of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 8, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts<p>By Peter Eisler and Alana Wise<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - …

Why thousands of indigenous women have gone missing in Canada

“My sister’s murder will probably never be solved.”<p>Bridget Tolley simply wants justice for her mother.<p>Her life changed on October 5, 2001, when her mother, Gladys, was struck by a police cruiser and killed.<p>“I started asking for a public inquiry into her death,” Tolley, an Algonquin woman from the …

How To Give Negative Feedback To Your Boss: Four Gates Of Communication

Coauthor Edward Sullivan<p>Giving negative feedback to your boss is a delicate art. We all feel the need to give feedback to a superior now and again, but many of us shy away from it because we don't want to rock the boat. But the truth is, the ability to speak truth to power -- to give feedback to …

Having Other Teachers' Eyes Means Also Having Their Ideas

A lot of what's going on today in Marna Wolak's fifth-grade math class is pretty familiar. She's got her students gathered on the rug for a number talk, something she does often, trying to get them thinking about fractions.<p>But a lot of it is unfamiliar, too. The topic is new — dividing whole …

Teaching

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

Who's Different and What's Fair<p>As a society and within our educational institutions, discussions about bias, diversity, discrimination, and social …

Why do women leave engineering?

Women who go to college intending to become engineers stay in the profession less often than men. Why is this? While multiple reasons have been …

Here Are The 100 Best Education Infographics

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”–Nelson Mandela<p>With the world around us ever-changing, education is now …

Despite racism, black people are more optimistic about the future than anyone else

Two recent studies have found a new racial divide facing America right now—namely, the optimism gap.<p>Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution studies …

Black preschool kids get suspended much more frequently than white preschool kids, U.S. survey says

Schools suspend minority students at much higher rates than their peers, starting from the beginning, preschool.<p>The Civil Rights Data Collection, a national survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, gathered information on more than 50 million students at more than 95,000 schools and …

5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

Have you ever seen a school data wall?<p>In a struggling Newark, N.J., public school, I've seen bulletin boards showing the test scores of each grade compared with state averages. And in one in affluent Silicon Valley, I've seen smartboards that track individual students' math responses in real …

This Spoken Word Piece By A Harvard Education Grad Looks At Injustice In The Education System

Meet Donovan Livingston, a member of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He just earned his master’s degree from the hallowed Boston institution and, according to Twitter, he intends to add a doctorate in Education Leadership and Cultural Foundations from the University of North …

Education

We’re Making the Wrong Case for Diversity in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley has a problem when it comes to diversity — and everybody knows it.<p>There have been prominent arguments by writers from across the political spectrum in places such as The Atlantic, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, and big stories in the business press in …

Gifted, But Still Learning English, Many Bright Students Get Overlooked

Of the 3 million students identified as gifted in the U.S., English Language Learners are by far the most underrepresented. And nobody knows that better than 17-year-old Alejandra Galindo.<p>"It's just kind of hard to not see people who look like me in my classes," she says. "I'm a minority in the …

How the Teacher Shortage Could Turn Into a Crisis

The winner of a $1 million prize honoring excellence in teaching set off shockwaves last year when she said that, given the current climate, she would not encourage people to consider teaching in public schools.<p>Perhaps that declaration, from veteran teacher Nancie Atwell, shouldn't have come as a …

Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered

Public schools are increasingly filled with black and Hispanic students, but the children identified as “gifted” in those schools are overwhelmingly white and Asian.<p>The numbers are startling. Black third graders are half as likely as whites to be included in programs for the gifted, and the deficit …

Transforming schools infographic - Bain Company Insights: How distributed leadership can create high-performing schools

Infographic: As schools add more leaders to help ease the burden on principals, here is a look at five principles of a successful distributed …

Estimate the Cost of a Meeting with This Calculator

Stuck in an unproductive meeting — again? Everyone agrees that meetings can be a waste of time, but they’re actually a waste of money, too. How much? In a study of time budgeting at large corporations, Bain & Company found that a single weekly meeting of midlevel managers was costing one …

Some Parents Of Color Don't Think Schools Are Even Trying To Educate Their Children

They are also concerned about the lack of resources in their kids' schools.<p>As policymakers and school districts gear up to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the nation's new major federal education law, parents of color are worried about the lack of funding for their schools.<p>A new survey …

New Research Shows Why Focus On Teams, Not Just Leaders, Is Key To Business Performance

Deloitte just launched a study of people challenges in business, Deloitte Human Capital Trends 2016, and the results were striking. Among the 7,000+ companies who responded (in over 130 countries), the #1 issue on leaders minds is “how to redesign our organizational structure” to meet the demands …

Human Resources

What They're Saying About You When You're Not In The Room -- And What You Can Do To Influence It

“When you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” former Governor of Texas Ann Richards used to say. She may have been referring to politics, but this is equally true in the worlds of business, academia and nonprofits.<p>The biggest decisions about your career are often made when you’re not in the …

Leadership

The biggest school districts in the US hire more security staff than counselors

In three out of five of the largest school districts in the US, security staff outnumber the counselors, sometimes by a 3:1 ratio, according to data gathered by the education website The 74.<p>Counselors are typically tasked with helping students with their schoolwork, mental and behavioral issues, or …

For white folks who teach in the hood: A lesson in campus colonialism

How power dynamics & cultural clashes stemming from whiteness work against young people of color in urban schools<p><b>Commencement</b><p>I sank, exhausted, into the backseat of a small sport utility vehicle as it pulled onto a sparsely populated Wyoming highway, finally getting some rest after a long day. As I …

Trump's Ascent Proves Failure of US Education System

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump actually said the words "I love the poorly educated...they are...the most loyal people." And for the type of person he is and the ideology he espouses, he needs the poorly educated, the loyal, the un-critical, the easily duped, the sheep, the …

The US leaves some of its most gifted kids behind in education, because they’re poor

In 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation At Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, which documented widespread academic underachievement at every level, concluding:<p><i>For the first time in the history of our country, the educational skills of one generation</i> …

If You Want To Know Why Western Students Are Falling Behind, Just Look At This Graph

One of the most startling global education trends in recent years has been the rise of China and the Far East, but far from being Shanghai’s secret, one simple graph helps explain why western students are falling behind.<p>There are good reasons to take international education comparisons with a pinch …

How “Blind Recruitment” Works And Why You Should Consider It

The hiring practice could result in a more diverse workforce and a better bottom line.<p>Blind recruitment, the practice of removing personally identifiable information from the resumes of applicants including their name, gender, age, education, and even sometimes the number of years of experience, is …

A leadership expert says most bosses are missing this one crucial quality

Over time, Bates, the CEO of Bates Communications, pinpointed 15 distinct traits and behaviors that comprise executive presence.<p>Together, they form "the qualities of a leader that engage, inspire, align, and move people to act."<p>Those 15 facets — and how to develop them — are the subject of Bates' …