Does the diversity (or lack thereof) of your faculty match the diversity (or lack

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  1. Mathemagician

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    thereof) of your student body?
     
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    It did.

    My school was 98% AfAm student body and roughly 90-95% AfAm staff.

    My new school is nearly the exact opposite.

    but simply put, yes.
     
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    Somewhat...much more than my last school at least. The student body is about 95% hispanic and 5% white. The staff isn't that skewed, but there are many hispanic teachers. I'm actually the only person on my grade level who isn't hispanic. Other grade levels tend to have one or two hispanic teachers and one or two white teachers. I'm one of the only ones in the school who isn't bilingual- those of us who aren't were hired for other specific skills we have (for me personally, it was my RtI and sped/intervention background that I could bring into the classroom). In my last school, we were about 80% hispanic and the staff was 100% white.
     
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    It is spot-on.
     
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    Nope. Actually this is true for both schools I've been to recently. 70-80 % of the students are Latino, yet there is not one Latino teacher. I don't think any teacher speaks Spanish. TAs on the other hands are all Latinas, but they don't really interact with students.
     
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    No.
     
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    Yup! But I teach at a Middle School in a pretty rural are of Maine, so... :lol: No surprises there.
     
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    No. In my faculty, there are only three minorities. One is African-American, one is Chinese, and I am Indian. Our student body is definitely more diverse.
     
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    Not at all. We have maybe 3 or 4 Hispanic Teachers (the paras and aides are all Hispanic though) and maybe 3 or 4 black teachers. The rest of the teachers are all white.

    The student body is probably 95% Hispanic (mostly Dominican, some Mexican) and %5 African American. There are no white children.
     
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    No. Students are 96% hispanic. The faculty appears majority white, although I haven't met everyone yet. (There are 100+ staff members at my school and I am new!) There are quite a few hispanic teachers due to the bilingual program, and a handful of black teachers, but definitely mostly white so far.
     
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    Yes, there are about 98% Hispanic kids & the faculty is about 94% the same. There are a few more White teachers. (I'm not Hispanic.)
     
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    No.
     
  14. chebrutta

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    Not quite... I think the students are 45% minority, and I hazard a guess that staff is about 20% -25% minority.
     
  15. MrsC

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    No.
     
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    We have a few Hispanic students and a few black students with the rest white. We have only white teachers with one black aid.
     
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    At my last elementary school, the students were about 60% African American, 40% white. Almost all of the teachers and paras were white.
     
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    It's probably pretty close.
     
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    Not even remotely close. :(
     
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    At my current school, yes. The students are 95% white and the staff is all white. I teach at a rural school in Atlantic Canada, so that isn't much of a surprise.

    At my former school, one of the largest high schools in a larger city in the Canadian Prairies, it was pretty close. We had a very diverse student body and a fairly diverse staff. The only two minority groups that weren't represented on staff but were represented in our student body were filipino (our largest minority group of students) and aboriginal (the group that most needed positive role models), so that was too bad. Hopefully that has changed.
     
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    85>% black students and an all white teaching staff for us? Not even close.
     
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    Our rural area is 98% caucasian. this is aligned closely with the staff (100%).
     
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    Yup.
     
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    No.
     
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    No.
     
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    It's not a complete mismatch, but the staff is less diverse than the student population.
     
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    pretty much. 98% AA. 95% AA teachers 5% white. I don't feel we have much diversity. No ELL. We have AA and white. That's it.

    My first year teaching ( East High School) 42 diff languages spoken, pacific islanders, hispanics, aa, white, asians, etc...

    Totally different here. Not one child that English is their 2nd language.
     
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    There was a thread about this very same thing a while ago, and it was either mentioned here and/ or I read somewhere that a study showed that there is no benefit in having a teacher from the same ethnic background teaching the student.
    So I guess good teaching practices will trump having the same background.

    It makes sense. At my school not one teacher speaks Spanish, the TAs do, but it's not even needed. Although almost all the students are Hispanic, most of them were born here (bilingual) and the few that weren't still speaks English well enough to understand everything.
    And the teachers that would serve the students' needs best would be someone that is caring, knowledgeable, with great classroom control, etc, and it has nothing to do with where they're from, or how old / young / male / female, etc.

    But it is interesting to see if the faculty mirrors the students population in terms of diversity.
     
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    We are a 100% Caucasian staff. Our student body is something like 99.98% Caucasian. The other 0.02% is Hispanic or African-American . . . but all of those are mixed race.
     
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    We're a rural school: about 99% white and the staff is 100% white.
     
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    No. But, I am curious to know if there exists a school that has predominantly white students and predominantly non-white teachers.
     
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    I would imagine not, Indigo. If so, it would be contrived, I'm sure.
     

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