October 7, 2020

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If you’ve been in education long enough, you have undoubtedly heard about the disparities in discipline rates among Black male students compared to their white counterparts. The issue is so big, in 2014, President Obama helped launch an initiative called
My Brother’s Keeper - designed to help improve the lives of young Black men and change statistics. Part of it called for school discipline reform.

What was omitted from the conversation was the surprising disparity in discipline rates for young Black girls.
An article featured on October 1, 2020, in the New York Times, looks closely at data from the Department of Education. The researchers found, “Black girls are over five times more likely than white girls to be suspended at least once from schools, seven times more likely to receive multiple out-of-school suspensions than white girls and three times more likely to receive referrals to law enforcement.” Boys had lower rates of the same punishments.

A Civil Rights lawsuit has been filed by the NAACP to address the issue.
The Binghamton Lawsuit argues that administrators are instituting racial stereotypes. Black girls as young as seven were arrested, while a nine-year-old was classified as “loud or having an attitude.”

The article is profound and worth the read. As teachers and administrators, we owe it to our students to create safe environments that also take into account cultural differences rather than so-called “norms” so that we are not silencing or “breaking the spirit” of our children. We at the NCTR remain committed to that goal.


In the News

Teaching Children to Read in a Live Stream
How hard is it hard to teach reading in the live stream? Before schools shut down to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, many of them were already struggling to teach this fundamental skill.  Alas, some preliminary research has determined that this is a skill that can be taught both in-person or via virtual lessons because interaction is the key.
The article includes advice to ensure success.

We're Losing Teaching Jobs That May Never Come Back
As if we needed 2020 to throw us another curveball, we are seeing more education job cuts nationwide.
A Yahoo Finance Report revealed it happening in just about every state. Administrators say the blame really falls on the shoulders of federal lawmakers who have failed to reach a deal on a $2.2 trillion stimulus package. The fear is that these jobs will be gone for good, even after the money returns.

PE Teachers Get Creative with Virtual Fitness
One New York PE coach is
sharing ideas on how to make movement fun for kids during a pandemic whether students are in the school building or in the live stream. There is a 4-minute audio report with coach Megaera Regan who tells us why PE is so important right now.

Please note that the articles and events in the NCTR E-Blast do not reflect the opinions of our organization, but rather represent information that we believe will be relevant to you and your programs.

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