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More than 80 percent of public school teachers in the U.S. are white, and a WXXI News investigation has found that the disparity is much more severe in the Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes regions. Degrees of Diversity takes an in-depth look at diversity among local teaching staffs, and the steps, if any, the districts are taking to making their staffs better reflect their student population.

Degrees of Diversity Evan Dawson

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More than 80 percent of public school teachers in the U.S. are white, and a WXXI News investigation has found that the disparity is much more severe in the Rochester, NY and Finger Lakes regions. Degrees of Diversity takes an in-depth look at diversity among local teaching staffs, and the steps, if any, the districts are taking to making their staffs better reflect their student population.

    Connections: RCSD Board President Van White and his new children’s book, Heroes

    Connections: RCSD Board President Van White and his new children’s book, Heroes

    Rochester City School Board president Van White has written a new children's book. It's called "Heroes," and it's about the everyday heroes in our lives: doctors, firefighters, caregivers. He joins us to talk about why he wrote the book and the importance of diversity and inclusion in literature.

    • 51 min
    Connections: How to create schools that serve all children well

    Connections: How to create schools that serve all children well

    Low-income students of color make up the majority of classrooms in American public schools, and research shows that the challenges they face -- poverty, homelessness, or hunger -- have directly influenced their level of academic success. While many of these children are failing to make the grade, education experts say state and federal policies are failing the students. They say there’s too much of a focus on raising test scores, and that policies should be designed to close opportunity gaps and

    • 50 min
    Connections: College Grad Series, part 1 - The teaching profession

    Connections: College Grad Series, part 1 - The teaching profession

    It's graduation season... so are the local graduates getting local jobs? It's the first in our series of conversations with freshly minted college graduates about their experiences navigating the job market. This week, we focus on the teaching profession. In studio: James Flagler, 2017 graduate of St. John Fisher College, and substitute teacher at School 45 Danielle Maxwell, 2017 graduate of the College at Brockport, and soon-to-be teacher at Bicentennial North in Glendale, Arizona

    • 47 min
    Connections Live at The Little: Degrees of Diversity

    Connections Live at The Little: Degrees of Diversity

    At the Little Theatre in Rochester, teachers, superintendents, parents and school board members discussed ways to bring more diversity to local teaching staffs. On Friday, WXXI hosted a community discussion to wrap up our week of reporting on teacher diversity. Evan Dawson reports. Brandon White is a teacher in the Rochester City School District – He said that for too many students of color, there are not enough mentors who look like them, and school is not a positive experience. “There was one

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    State Education Commissioner reacts to teacher diversity needs

    State Education Commissioner reacts to teacher diversity needs

    New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia sat down with WXXI Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt to talk about WXXI's week-long series, Degrees of Diversity . Find out how diverse your district is on our interactive map Click here to see all the data from Monroe County, Erie County, Onondaga County, the Finger Lakes region, and regional colleges . Degrees of Diversity is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Listen to all the stories in a podcast or on our series

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    Connections Live At The Little: Degrees of Diversity, Part 2

    Connections Live At The Little: Degrees of Diversity, Part 2

    It's a special broadcast live from the Little Theatre. We're capping our week-long series exploring the lack of diversity on local teaching staffs. Our guests are a combination of teachers, administrators, parents, and school board members. Our live audience members bring their own questions based on our reporting and research. The guests: Brandon White, teacher on assignment for restorative practices at Northwest Junior & Northeast Senior High Schools at the Douglass Campus Kevin McGowan ,

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