More than 100 people recently joined WXXI for a broadcast of “Connections with Evan Dawson” at the Little Theatre, which discussed diversity among teachers in the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions.
More than 80 percent of public school teachers are white nationwide, and a WXXI News investigation found that the disparity is much more severe in the local regions. The investigation explored how severe the gap is between white teachers and teachers of color, the reasons behind the divide and how it affects student learning.
Audience members at the “Connections” broadcast asked panelists questions and shared their personal stories. Listeners also called in and tweeted questions.
Panelists included Simeon Banister, Rush-Henrietta School Board; Candice Hudson, English as a second language teacher at Northwood Elementary School; Kevin McGowan, superintendent, Brighton Central School District; Lesli Myers, superintendent, Brockport Central School District; Shaun Nelms, superintendent, East High School; Trina Newton, superintendent, Geneva City School District; Brandon White, teacher on assignment for restorative practices at Northwest Junior and Northeast Senior high schools at the Douglass Campus; and Jeffrey Crane, superintendent, West Irondequoit Central School District.
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