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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.

The Hummingbird Stories – Ep. 4 – “Hacking institutional racism” featuring Will Jackson

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.

Podcast PD – Put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others (SEL 1.1)

Dare County guidance counselors Kris Caropolli and Blair James discuss teacher wellness, mindfulness, and supporting each other during this challenging school year.

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Analisa Sorrells

Analisa Sorrells is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and previously worked as chief of staff and associate director of policy for EducationNC.

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