MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Let Me Help You With That Boulder: Strategies for Supporting Teachers of Color
Intermediate: Assumes some familiarity with or exposure to core content
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Ann Tiao, Assistant Dean for Student Services, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
As independent schools continue their efforts to build diversity and inclusion within their institutions, much of the research and practice is focused on increasing and supporting students of color. However, teachers of color, especially first-time teachers, are struggling not only with the typical stress of the profession, but they are also carrying additional burdens of service and racial stress of which their colleagues may not be aware. This workshop is targeted for individuals who mentor, provide support, or supervise a teacher of color. The goals of the workshop are to help understand the issues teachers of color are facing at independent schools, discuss and develop strategies to mentor teachers of color, and generate some next steps participants can implement in their institutions.
Teachers of color at predominantly white institutions struggle with additional stressors on top of the typical issues teachers encounter in the profession. As reported by Amanda Machado in
(2013), teachers of color are not being retained by the profession due to the higher stress levels (and low pay) they experience. In order to keep teachers of color in the profession, schools need to commit to diversity and inclusion, which includes finding ways to support their teachers of color to lower the extra burdens they carry on the job.
Understand the issues teachers of color are facing and how they feel about their experiences.
Discuss and build strategies to mentor teachers of color.
Develop some next steps to take back to home institutions to implement.
Dr. Ann Tiao
has dedicated her career to increasing access, promoting diversity, and building inclusive spaces. She is currently Assistant Dean for Student Services in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania where she has taught for almost two decades. In addition, she delivers diversity training workshops with her recent focus on content for independent and boarding schools. Dr. Tiao has a long record of service at the university, community, and national levels.
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