Offer aspiring teachers scholarship money. After hiring them, match them with veteran-teacher mentors. And treat them with respect.
The nearly four-decade head of an historically black university offered those tips and others Thursday night to school districts like New Haven that seek to increase the number of black and Latino teachers in their classrooms.
The following was submitted by LEAP Director Henry Fernandez.
Last Tuesday, LEAP held its annual Thankful Dinner with several hundred kids, counselors and volunteers in attendance at the Hillhouse High School cafeteria. Food was donated by LEAP supporters and board members while volunteers included LEAP alumni, LEAP parents and recruits from the New Haven Police Academy.
Wilbur Cross students offered a response of sorts to a vandal who sprayed swastikas on their campus — by juju-ing on that beat, perfecting their mannequin challenge poses, and celebrating their diversity at an annual pre-Thanksgiving pep-rally.
For New Haven high-school students, the results of the presidential election came as a shock — because they almost all of the information they heard in the months leading up to it came from left-leaning sources.