The Professional Educator Preparation and Standards Commission met this week. Among the items they took up were the recommendations from the Developing a Representative & Inclusive Vision for Education (DRIVE) Task Force on improving teacher diversity in the state. In the final report, the task force talks about the role of the Praxis tests in creating a barrier for entry to Black and Hispanic teacher candidates both to educator preparation programs as well as to licensure. The PEPSC commission decided to form a workgroup to explore the impact of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators — a prerequisite to enrolling in an educator preparation program — as a step towards recommending the State Board of Education eliminate it.
And, here’s what we’re listening to this week.
In this episode, Donnell and Jenny talk to Dr. Will Jackson. Jackson is the Chief Dreamer of the Village of Wisdom organization. In this conversation, they discuss family organizing and advocacy. They also learn more about how Village of Wisdom is working with Black families to protect Black genius and eliminate racial injustice in schools.
Dare County guidance counselors Kris Caropolli and Blair James discuss teacher wellness, mindfulness, and supporting each other during this challenging school year.
The substantial learning loss wrought by the Covid-19 pandemic has spurred calls for scaling tutoring programs to catch students up, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.... Read the rest