Photo credits: Derik Holtmann/Belleville News-Democrat
A number of adjacent local public school districts in the southwestern region of Illinois are utilizing a new and different approach to increase the number of minority teachers that are employed in the area schools.
The Belleville News-Democrat newspaper very recently published an in-depth report about an innovative teaching internship program for high school seniors, which is being undertaken by almost a dozen local school districts in and around the Greater Metropolitan Area of East St. Louis, Illinois.
These teaching mentorship programs for minority high school seniors not only aim to promote diversity in the region’s public schools tomorrow, they inspire young minorities to become teachers today. Jonathan Williams (pictured right) is a Sparta High School senior who is interning at his former elementary school.
“Hopefully I could maybe come back and teach in Sparta because, around here, we’ve got about three black teachers, maybe, in high school, middle school and primary,” Williams told the News-Democrat.
Williams is speaking to a big diversity problem in American society within public schools that have a predominantly black student population. Addressing and solving this problem is vital because scientific research has proven that black students fare better academically when they have black teachers who relate to what they are going through.
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