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The Importance of Diversity in Teaching Staff


As part of our ongoing conversation about racial injustice and white privilege, we discuss the importance of recruiting and retaining teachers of color. In Massachusetts forty percent of students identify as people of color; this is true of only eight percent of teaching staff. On The Point, Host Kathryn Eident talks with our guests about the growing body of evidence showing the positive impacts of teachers of color on all students, and reasons why we have so few. We also discuss concrete steps to take in recruiting, training and retaining people of color as educators.  

Guests are: Takeru Nagayoshi, English Teacher in New Bedford and Massachusetts Teacher of the year for  2019-2020; and Ventura Rodriguez, Senior Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Kathryn Eident is an award-winning journalist and hosts WCAI's Morning Edition. She began producing stories for WCAI in 2008 as a Boston University graduate student reporting from the Statehouse. Since then, Kathryn’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times, Studio 360, Scientific American, and Cape and Plymouth Business Magazine.