A recent study called “Two Strikes: Race and the Disciplining of Young Students,” experimental studies that showed that teachers are likely to interpret students’ misbehavior differently depending on the student’s race. At the same time schools are under pressure to rethinking student discipline and improve racialized academic outcomes. Focus is on teachers, teaching, and learning. That raises an issue: students increasingly taught by a work force is mostly female, educated, middle-class, and “strikingly white.” Teachers are younger, less experienced, and more educated than ever, even as students are poorer and browner. Many believe this causes cultural problems that impact student achievement. Tiffany Wilson-Worsley joins Rock The Schools to share her experience supporting black students in both suburban and urban public schools.

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Chris Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Education Post, a media project of the Results in Education Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Stewart has served as the director of outreach and external affairs for Education Post, the executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education.

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