In This Baltimore Teacher of the Year’s Classroom, Race and Equity Matter

‘Becoming a Teacher’ offers candid look at challenging realities of the profession, and what it takes to master the craft
(EWA Radio: Episode 246)

In her new book, education writer Melinda D. Anderson chronicles LaQuisha Hall’s 17-year journey from nervous rookie to “teacher of the year” in the Baltimore city school system. Along the way, readers witness the myriad challenges teachers are expected to conquer, often without adequate training or support. But Hall’s experiences also run counter to what Anderson describes as a stereotypical narrative — the “problem-ridden Black inner city teen.” How does Hall challenge those stereotypes, both in her classroom and as an advocate for her students in the wider community? What does the research show about the positive effects on students of having a Black teacher like Hall, and what would help more of them stay in the profession? And what lessons does the book offer for education reporters who want to bring greater cultural awareness and sensitivity to their own work?

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