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Syracuse City School District Hopes to Lessen Its Racial Divide Between Teachers and Students

The Syracuse City School District (SCSD) hopes to increase its number of minority teachers and lessen the racial gap between students and instructors.

While more than three-quarters of SCSD’s student population is non-white, fully 90% of the teaching staff is. According to Syracuse.com, the district is trying many ways of recruiting minority teachers to combat its uneven racial divide.

Syracuse has been encouraging current teaching assistants (TAs) to go though the SUNY Oswego Metro Center to earn their teaching certification. TAs will be responsible for paying their own college tuition, but they are able to earn their degrees over a five-year period while remaining employed by the school district. Of all college graduates, roughly 83% of them admit that earning their degree has “paid off.”

Another recruitment tactic the SCSD has been using is targeting black colleges and universities, and encouraging people from other fields of study to enter the teaching profession. Fowler High School’s Public Service Leadership Academy, for example, is hoping to hire a naval science instructor to teach students in the Junior generic ambien Reserve Training Corps.

One of the more aggressive tactics the district is using is a fellowship program working alongside Syracuse University.

EducationWorld reports that Syracuse is using a program called Urban Fellowship to target a more diverse teaching staff. The fellows will attend Syracuse University’s education school for free “in exchange for a commitment to teach in the district for five years,” read the article, “and a promise that they will live in the city of Syracuse. After five years, they will have a master’s degree in teaching.”

According to Sarah Leibel, a professor at Harvard University, students can learn much better when taught by a teacher of their own skin color and background.

“Students benefit from ‘mirror and windows,'” Leibel said. “In other words, students learn from seeing themselves in reading materials and teachers, and also from experiencing other worlds and perspectives.”

So far, more than 25 minority teachers have volunteered to be mentors for the first-year fellows in the program.

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