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TENNESSEE EDUCATORS OF COLOR ALLIANCE TO RELEASE NEW REPORT ON EDUCATORS OF COLOR EXPERIENCES ON THURSDAY

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TENNESSEE EDUCATORS OF COLOR ALLIANCE TO RELEASE NEW REPORT ON EDUCATORS OF COLOR EXPERIENCES ON THURSDAY

 

The Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance is set to release its report, Sharing Our Stories: Perspectives of Teachers of Color in Tennessee during an event to be held from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at Pearl-Cohn High. Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Metro Nashville Public School Board Vice Chair Christiane Buggs will make remarks during the event.

 

NASHVILLE (November 14, 2018) – The Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance (TECA) will release its inaugural report, Sharing Our Stories: Perspectives of Teachers of Color in Tennessee during an event to be held from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at Pearl-Cohn High School. The report, which aims to highlight the experiences of educators of color in Tennessee and offers policy recommendations on how schools and districts can support them, will be discussed, released statewide, and will be made available during the event on Thursday.

The event will also feature reflections and comments from Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Metro Nashville Public School Board Vice Chair Christiane Buggs. Both will provide talk about how schools and districts can support educators of color and offer their reflections about the report.

In August and September 2018, TECA conducted focus groups with teachers of color in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The alliance asked educators about school culture, hiring, and supports for teachers of color. Some questions included:

·       Does the racial and ethnic diversity of teachers influence a school’s culture?

·       What unique perspectives do teachers of color bring to their work?

·       What challenges do teachers of color experience?

·       How can schools and districts better support teachers of color?

The report answers these questions, based on the perspectives of the educators, and provides policy recommendations on how schools and districts may better support educators.

Diarese George, Ed.D, a former high school teacher in Clarksville, Tennessee, founded the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance. The mission of the organization is to amplify the voice, presence, and support for educators of color while remaining student-centered and solutions-oriented.

The central belief of TECA is that all students benefit from teachers and administrators of color, especially since many of these educators were once students of color themselves. Because of these shared experiences, educators of color are able to speak to the systemic inequities that students of color face. Many of Tennessee’s policymakers do not look like or represent the majority of students in our schools and TECA believes in elevating teacher leaders of color to be policy advocates for their students.

Learn more about TECA at tneca.org.

The public and media are invited to attend the event. Interviews will be available upon request. An embargoed copy of the report is available upon request.

For more information, contact Ashley Northington via e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 615.268.5944.

WHO: Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and Metro Nashville Public School Board Vice Chair Christiane Buggs

WHAT: The release of Sharing Our Stories: Perspectives of Teachers of Color in Tennessee

WHEN: 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 at Pearl-Cohn High School

WHY: To release Sharing Our Stories, which aims to highlight the experiences of educators of color in Tennessee and offers policy recommendations on how schools and districts can support them