A Discussion on the Philosophical and Psychological Importance of Black Teachers for Black Students
At 1199C Hospital Workers Union
1319 Locust Street
Moonstone Arts Center
“African-centered curriculum appropriately connects the Black experience to the African cultural world view and value system. This connection facilitates a healthy context from which African-Americans can learn about and understand themselves and the world.”
- Madhubuti & Madhubuti by Dr. Wade Nobles
“Racial pride to be the most powerful factor in protecting children from the sting of discriminatory behavior. It directly and positively related to three out of four academic outcomes—grade-point averages, educational aspirations, and cognitive engagement—and was also related to resilience in the face of discrimination”
- from a 2012 study published in the journal Child Development ."
"We find evidence of systematic biases in teachers’ expectations for the educational attainment of black students. Specifically, non-black teachers have significantly lower educational expectations for black students than black teachers do when evaluating the same students… teachers’ expectations likely shape student outcomes and systematic biases in teachers’ expectations for student success might contribute to persistent socio-demographic gaps in educational achievement and attainment.”
- The alarming effect of racial mismatch on teacher expectations, August 18, 2015, Brown Center Chalkboard, Brookings Institution – authored by Seth Gershenson and panelist Nicholas W. Papageorge
Amari Johnson is an Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Temple University. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and is committed to the development of independent, African-centered educational institutions.
Nicholas W. Papageorge, assistant professor in the economics department at Johns Hopkins University , he is part of the research team and co-author of The Alarming Effect of Racial Mismatch on Teacher Expectations. (August 205)
Howard Stevenson, the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at UPENN and author of Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference (Teachers College Press)