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Research Paper Finds Need For More Black Male Teachers


New research shows that a lack of diversity in the classroom continues to impact students, culturally and academically, but that little is being done to improve the recruitment and retention of black male teachers.

Researchers from the University of Phoenix Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research, in partnership with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year, produced a new white paper detailing the challenges faced by black male educators across the country. The benefits of increasing diversity, particularly for students of color, according to the research, include lower dropout rates, a more positive view of school, fewer discipline issues, and higher test scores.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the production of the white paper and the research behind it is Kimberly Underwood, Ph.D., the research chair at the University of Phoenix Center for Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Research.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.