Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

Racial disparity in academic achievement remains a leading problem in American education, both at the K-12 and the college levels. A number of studies show greater diversity in the teaching profession can address some of those concerns.
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Can ‘Cultural Proficiency’ Among Teachers Help Close Student Achievement Gap?

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