Black Male Teachers Needed

Teachers and education are universal; no obligation of caste and creed is associated with them. This widespread notion moves around the world, but when it comes to the USA, it appears to be a weaker one. There is a dire need for increasing the number of black male teachers in urban schools and districts of the country. As far as practical teaching is concerned in the classroom, black male teachers are found to have a tremendous impact. But the brutality is a huge flock of black men is present in schools in the form of custodians, or as food-service employees, or in the form of transportation workers. Even if they are found in the capacity of educators, most of them are employed in the form of physical education teachers or as a coach.Black teachers are in the minority in the classrooms and at estimation, they represent only 2% of the entire teacher population.

Recently, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is working towards black teacher recruitments. Among the several initiatives, TEACH.org, a public-private initiative is starting up a mission to aid applicants in finding appropriate places in the classrooms. However, this is not a speedy process and sometimes it is also felt that all the efforts are gone in vain. Why? Well here are the reasons with possible solutions to this problem.

As per the current data from the National Center for Education Statistics, it is found out that about 82% of public schools teachers trained in 2011-12 were whites. If a black teacher is given a classroom, there is a high likelihood that he might be only the one from two to three black appointees from the whole staff and that too in a black school. Mostly, hiring is done on ‘fit’ which just means will this person be able to meet in the school? If yes, then how much? The addition of a black man to the workforce can alter the school functionalities according to them.

The deficiency of black teachers is not limited to the classroom. It exaggerates further when the leadership roles in the schools are concerned. There is quite less possibility of finding a black teacher in the role of principal and assistant principal.

Mentoring is not a new trend with the inclusion of new educators; the expectation is that the black teachers will have someone as a mentor who considers them as their best interests and takes their professional development at heart. However, the situation is again a challenge for black teachers because now they have to find a black educator who is exceptionally willing to pair up with them and work honestly. There are many cases of young teachers taken off the track by their mentors, those who allow them to drown into the professional chasms.

On the other hand, the situation can be changed if black teachers are included in the nation’s classrooms. It could help to adapt the aspirations of the students. Diversity in the teaching force is the need of the time, and it is high time to make a commitment to it.

Minority scholarships/ job opportunities: A wider outlook

Minority Scholarships/ Job Opportunities

Black History Month, which is also called as the National African History Month, is the moment when Americans rejoice over the accomplishments of African Americans all through the past. The importance of this month is further highlighted when the achievements of up-coming history makers are celebrated too- no doubt here we are talking about the black students in America.

There are many scholarship opportunities that are provided by African American organizations. Some of them are NAACP, UNCF, and The Congressional Black Caucus, etc. The scholarship opportunities can help the blacks to make a difference in the world and can aid students to write history again and again.

In the higher education level, the proportion formed by African American students in the US is quite large. Still there are myths associated with studying abroad which have further limited the participation of black students in the exchange programs. To become an active member of the society, the recent generation of African American students must overcome these myths that could further help them to conquer the existing racial prejudice.

The first myth is that the educational experience abroad is not for black students. The supposition is that European racism is so devastating that black students must remain in their country because they understand the politics there and can make necessary adjustments according to it. The reality is opposite to it. Black students get first-hand treatments, and there are many funding opportunities for them as well. So, they must not leave this opportunity because of racism.

Scholarship hunts for African-American students in the USA are always associated with unique challenges, but still these opportunities are profitable for funding education. There are some organizations that support education for black students. Among these, the United Negro College Fund provides assistance to about 900 institutions.  The Ron Brown Scholarship Program is another one who is funding about $40,000 for scholarships in a four-year graduation program. The Jackie Robinson Foundation promotes an assistance of $7,200 each year, and it also inculcates a leadership program associated with it. To avail this scholarship, the student must have a 1000 SAT score along with a good GPA record.

Every African American student who is enrolled in a degree program must instantly initiate to plan up a new course ahead. Guidance can be taken from study abroad advisor. Every major subject also has a minority organization linked with it. For example, an engineer can join the National Society of Black Engineers, or a journalist can accede to the National Association of Black Journalists. To gain a scholarship, it is necessary to make a resume and amalgamate the achievements in it. Sometimes, the letter of recommendation is also needed, so it is good to select someone who knows you well.

The right time is now. The American economy is internationalizing, and it is becoming crucial for African American students to learn more about sensitive global issues. By gaining this knowledge, they will be able to participate in the ethnically and culturally diverse workforce with full zeal.

 

School Shootings In US – The Outraged Generation Getting Armed

“The shooter … asked one of the other students to stand up and when he did ask him if he was religious. The student said he was Christian and was shot … He then had another student stand up and asked him the same, when he answered Catholic the shooter then asked if he believed in the afterlife. The student said I don’t know and the shooter thanked him for standing up for his beliefs and shot him. …A woman on the floor “said she was sorry for whatever happened to him and for whatever she had done wrong, The shooter then said that he bets she was and shot her.”

This is the account of Matthew Downing of the Umpqua Community College Oregon, who is one of the survivors of one of the deadliest school shootings in the history of Oregon. Matthew was only spared because he was told by the shooter to deliver a package from him to the police. Otherwise, he too would’ve met the same fate as his other classmates and the professor.

School Shootings have become a common phenomenon so much that people have now become numb to any and every incident which takes place. As of now, more than 50 incidents of shooting have taken place in 2015 where a gun was fired both intentionally or unintentionally, leaving more than 30 dead and nearly 50 injured. As of now, the total amount of incidents averages to more than 1 incident per week!The facts are taken from an Index created by Every Town Research for Gun Safety which has a record for every School Shooting which has taken place since 2013. The situation is so bad that America leads the world in the number of school shootings!
There is probably no one reason as to why America has such a high number of school shooting incidents especially when gun violence has dropped nearly 50% from 1993 till 2011. One of the reasons for such a large number of shootings is the easy access of firearms. Americans own more firearms than the total amount owned by the civilians of 21 other countries where school shootings have taken place. The number of firearms per 100 residents in America is 97. The second country which comes after America is Serbia with nearly 58.2 guns per 100 Residents! That is a huge difference! Almost every other household has a firearm which a Child can easily access. Banning the purchase of guns altogether or requiring a stricter check before purchasing a firearm would not solve the issue because there are so many guns already out there that it is extremely possible for a perpetrator to acquire a firearm from a relative or even purchase a gun illegally.According to an analysis conducted by Every Town Research, nearly a third of the shootings have occurred as a direct result of a confrontation vocal or otherwise which escalated into a shooting. And the American culture is such that people are told that taking a stand for what you believe in is the right thing to do. Underage teens who are still extremely immature that this the wrong way and think that the usage of guns is the one and only way to solve problems and end confrontations and that is what most school kids who go on rampages do. Combine this with the fact of easily accessible firearms; we have a solid reason as to why America is the leader in the number of school shootings.

Another factor which can and does contribute to the abnormally high number of school shootings is the practice of glamorizing and glorifying the perpetrators by the Media. Take the example of Time Magazine, which after the incident at Columbine had big colored portraits of the attackers on its cover page. According to various behavioral experts, this practice can encourage more unstable and unhealthy people to take up arms in order to get the same amount of attention from the media as others. Guns give that impression of power and strength over another and those who have been subdued all their lives take this as an opportunity to subdue those who have subdued them all their lives.  There have been solid indications of attackers being inspired from people who have previously committed similar acts in notes and manifestos left behind after they commit suicide or are killed in encounters with the police.

According to the analysis carried out by Every Town Research, most of the school shootings have occurred in high schools and among which 70% of the shootings were committed by minors. According to researchers, this is the time of a person’s life when they are going through both physical and mental changes. They are going through puberty; they start to feel affection and other emotional changes such as love, lust, hate etc. Most of the people try and cope up with these changes one way or another but then there are a few of those who are unable to cope up with these changes which leads to loneliness, isolation and seclusion which again in turn leads to hatred and anger. Again, those which are not able to cope up with the anger resort to violence and release all of that anger stored in them on to others.

Combine all of these factors of easy accessibility, Media Coverage and Health Issues with the fact of growing social inequality, the people will find a way to take out their frustration one way or another.  Unstable people who are also victims of social inequality are bound to turn to violence one way or another in order to take out their frustration at the society. The American Health system is in tatters and those who are mentally ill are not being taken care of properly. As long as unstable and mentally ill people are remain unchecked, incidents such as this will take place regularly as one incident will inspire many others to do just the same in order to gain name and a means for releasing their anger.

It is clear that something needs to be done about this ever growing problem and everyone needs to make some sort of compromises in order to reduce the number of casualties due to school shooting incidents. The Media can compromise and stop giving prime time to the killers and attackers which they certainly do not deserve. Such an action will show otherpotential perpetrators that shooting someone just to get the public’s attention is not something worth killing and dying for. The politicians can compromise they vote bank and call for stricter laws regarding the purchase of guns as well as checking the background and mental health of a person before selling a firearm. This will not solve the problem completely but it will surely help. The Schools can tighten up their security and be on a constant lookout for people with unstable behavior. As soon as a person starts to show abnormal behavior, the schools should immediately take action so as to prevent a possible shooting or any other deadly incident. School Shootings are bad for us and our children, and they need to stop as soon as possible.

More Black Male Teachers – Please

Black Male Teachers Needed for Urban and District Schools in the U.S.

Teachers and education are universal; no obligation of caste and creed is associated with them. This widespread notion moves around the world, but when it comes to the USA, it appears to be a weaker one. There is a dire need for increasing the number of black male teachers in urban schools and districts of the country. As far as practical teaching is concerned in the classroom, black male teachers are found to have a tremendous impact. But the brutality is a huge flock of black men is present in schools in the form of custodians, or as food-service employees, or in the form of transportation workers. Even if they are found in the capacity of educators, most of them are employed in the form of physical education teachers or as a coach. Black teachers are in the minority in the classrooms and at estimation, they represent only 2% of the entire teacher population.

Recently, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is working towards black teacher recruitments. Among the several initiatives, TEACH.org, a public-private initiative is starting up a mission to aid applicants in finding appropriate places in the classrooms. However, this is not a speedy process and sometimes it is also felt that all the efforts are gone in vain. Why? Well here are the reasons with possible solutions to this problem.

As per the current data from the National Center for Education Statistics, it is found out that about 82% of public schools teachers trained in 2011-12 were whites. If a black teacher is given a classroom, there is a high likelihood that he might be only the one from two to three black appointees from the whole staff and that too in a black school. Mostly, hiring is done on ‘fit’ which just means will this person be able to meet in the school? If yes, then how much? The addition of a black man to the workforce can alter the school functionalities according to them.

The deficiency of black teachers is not limited to the classroom. It exaggerates further when the leadership roles in the schools are concerned. There is quite less possibility of finding a black teacher in the role of principal and assistant principal.

Mentoring is not a new trend with the inclusion of new educators; the expectation is that the black teachers will have someone as a mentor who considers them as their best interests and takes their professional development at heart. However, the situation is again a challenge for black teachers because now they have to find a black educator who is exceptionally willing to pair up with them and work honestly. There are many cases of young teachers taken off the track by their mentors, those who allow them to drown into the professional chasms.

On the other hand, the situation can be changed if black teachers are included in the nation’s classrooms. It could help to adapt the aspirations of the students. Diversity in the teaching force is the need of the time, and it is high time to make a commitment to it.

The Pros And Cons Of Four-Day School Week – An Attempt To Back Up The Tumbling Finances

Many schools in the United States changed the school week to a four-day week; most also extended each school day by an hour or more. A four-day week is basically an arrangement where a school is attended by students for the course of four days rather than five days. There is no specific day some schools do not have classes on Friday while others prefer to give the students Monday off.

Sometimes, the school week is trimmed to cut down its costs and expenses or for flexible working hours. Other than that, switching to a four-day school week could give children more time for homework and families responsibilities and has the potential to lead to a higher quality education and learning environment.

A study by Tulane University revealed that under a four-day week, teachers were absent less often and faculty turnover was significantly reduced. And students actually behaved better, they were attentive and showed better attitudes under the new system.

PROS OF THE FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEK

  1. Cut Down Expenses

Most school districts have changed the school week to a four-day week; to save money on operating costs, including running school buses and paying bus drivers. Schools find that a shortened school week can save up to 2 percent of overall costs, and they don’t have to pay overtime salaries for their supporting staff. While some of the schools who also followed four-day week have reported even higher savings.

  1. Students Performance

People had said that students under four-day school week program will suffer academically. But an early study has revealed that students are responding well, and their academic performance has improved. In another study, the results showed that students in Colorado school District accomplished better grades in a four-day school week rather than five day week.

Students do not skip multiple days, when they know there is a three day weekend coming every week, therefore, attendance increases as well as student’s efficiency.

  1. Sense of Responsibility

A four-day school week is an excellent way to enhance the sense of taking responsibility for your own actions in a child. Although, it is the dream of every student to get an additional day off from school every week, but the four-day school week does not mean that students get a day off from completing homework assignments and preparation for upcoming exams.

More often students will have the ability to study or catch up on homework, especially if they are behind on their work. The extra day off helps the students to figure out the way of learning and allows them to adopt any information absorption method, which suits them best.

  1. Self-Confidence of Students and Teachers

If students and teachers both get the opportunity to get rest and time to figure out their work, then they can cooperate with each other in a better way. A four day school week is better than five days school week because stress levels are less, and it eases the burden of teachers and students both.

Four-day school week decreases the workload of teachers, and it enables the students to receive an improved education without changing the schools. The confidence of students has also improved; they are now able to set their schedule.

 

CONS OF THE FOUR-DAY SCHOOL WEEK

  1. Diminishes Focus

Some students can easily change their routine to four-day school week. They have the ability to get used too, to changes and can take benefit from three day weekend. On the other side, few students learn differently, and they cannot adopt changes quickly.

The people who do not support the system of four-day school week said that this system is sensitive for the students who learn differently and are not able to deal with a four-day school week. This system is best for children who are self-motivated but not for the children who do not learn in the same way. Longer days can cause bad grades for students who cannot concentrate properly.

  1. Child Care Concerns

Every family is not the same they have their own issues and problems. In modern society, most kids have two parents who work or parents who are divorced and share the custody of their child. By this trimmed school week parents have to spend their money on extra expenses for availing child care services during the week.

Because of a four-day school week, parents have to spend their hard earned money for hiring a babysitter to look after their child for the fifth day. The responsibility of the parents who work the full day also increases. Although it’s not easy to handle extra burden.

  1. Less Hands-on Learning

Schools which switched to four-day school week has also extended the time of every class in a day to ensure that students receive the same number of class hours as those in five-day districts. Schools often load heavy academic subjects into mornings, when students are more focused.

There are children who can learn on their own by reading the topic or book several times, but there are other children too who cannot learn on their own. They need a helping hand, and it is important for educators to incorporate hands-on learning into their daily instruction. It is important to remember needs of all the students and ensuring that no student is left behind in the process of learning.

 

Everything has its benefits as well as side effects. Four-day School week is a good system if it is adapted by making several plans and notifying ups and downs which students or teachers are going to face. Where it is useful for students who can learn fast, it is also bad for the students who learn differently and slowly. But with few steps and measures, these problems can be solved. Detractors have their own facts and point of view. But it is important to note that schools should not get blind by extra money which they are saving by trimming the week. They should also pay attention to the level of study and notice every student’s behavior across the week.

Why Teachers Need Mentors?

When one chooses to become a teaching mentor, it is surely a chance by which difference can be made in someone’s life. Mentoring can enable a new teacher to make an effective transition into the multifaceted and productive career. This can later facilitate the students to have a healthy and flourishing year ahead.

Mentoring is not an easy task; the tactics, which might be persuasive for one teacher might not work so well for other teachers. There can be times when well-intended criticism appears to be a negative one for someone. There are always some ways that can assist mentors in becoming better, and for new teachers, mentors are always a blessing.

Deb Bowles, a primary school teacher mentor, associated with Great Books Foundation, recalls her experience of working with Elsa, who is a fifth-grade teacher in Los Angeles. Elsa was in a struggling situation because she was finding it difficult to engage all the students in her large class, into class discussions.

“She was always judging herself critically, and I just kept on assuring her that this is a situation that will soon be over, and she can overcome it,” said Bowles, her mentor, who always guided her about using shared inquiry method of learning.

“I used to tell her that shared inquiry method was simple and challenging both. By using shared inquiry, you will be able to manage and mold the thinking of all the students in your class. Naturally, you should practice how to do it,” Bowles added.

This is something true for every teacher. A mentor is someone who can serves as another set of eyes and can is a shoulder to cry on at times, as well. No doubt, a mentor always creates an immense impact on the teaching and learning experience.

It has been more than a decade during which various research studies have shown that quality of teachers is directly related to student achievements, as it is one of the most influential school-related determinants. According to considerable evidence, many education leader programs are initiated at different levels in the US. Not only average teachers become good, but good teachers also become highly trained educators, when mentors are chosen and trained via intensive processes and given ample time to work with them. A usual practice observed in some of the US districts is that the new teachers are most often allocated to poorest schools with most challenging classrooms. The mentoring programs serve as powerful levers for filling up the gaps in teachers, and these also ensure that all the students in a class succeed, despite their backgrounds.

Stepping Ahead And Not Looking Back: The Story Of A True Mentor

Another teacher mentor Abby Paske, who works at New Teacher Center at Oakland in the Team Science Program, shares one of her unforgettable experiences with a new teacher. For her, mentoring was a hard task, which was dependent upon constant give and take relationship while adopting the educational approach for new teachers. She considered mentoring as a juggling act- where the mentee is given adequate allowance to make mistakes. However, according to the situation in her district, those teachers were needed in the classrooms who could make real differences in students’ lives while also keeping a careful eye on them.

Annette was one of the teachers with whom she regards her experience as a breakthrough of her career. Annette worked at a small middle school with struggling students. She taught both science and math there. Most of the students who studied there were having chronic truancy and other sorts of behavioral problems, which prevented them to be successful at the school. When Abby met Annette, she explicitly told her that her students were not able to do hands-on activities. Whenever they are given to do one, they always make a mess. According to Annette, she was not able to bring seriousness in their attitudes and control the excitement of her students. She thought that hands-on activities did not work for her class.

It took almost a year for Abby to revive Annette’s courage for making her students perform hands-on activities in class. Abby’s breakthrough started to work nearly eight weeks ago when they both were planning to do some hands-on activity in chemistry class. Abby counseled her to make a group of three most well-behaved students in the class and first conduct the activity with them. At the same time, she also had to make the video of these students while doing work. Later, Abby advised her to conduct the same activity in the class by running the video and use those three students to instruct other students by gathering them in small groups. Annette led the class activity in the same way, and it was a huge success. She also videotaped the experience, and they both watched it together. It was astonishing to see that the whole class was in control and only learning environment prevailed throughout the session.  Annette’s students also got appreciation when she took them to a district event with other pupils in the community. Her students, who were named as ‘problem kids’ by others in the district, actually pinned down other students with the knowledge of the topics that they had learned by using this newly developed strategy. Annette was highly ecstatic by her and her students’ success, and she owed all this success to her mentor, Abby. She believed that Abby was the one who told her that using teacher-directed style was not workable, particularly, when you have to work with struggling students.

Now, when the academic year is finishing, Abby is proud of Annette. She feels happy on the success of her mentee and also of her students. She also encourages other mentors to work hard on their mentees and always move forward without looking back. There are solutions for everyone!

Personality Traits of Excellent Mentors

Commitment: Mentors are always needed in a society. They are committed to their tasks and aid to finding good teachers for the development of the community. Mentors never give up on their job. They totally understand the importance of persistence in classroom teaching, and they show the same through their attitude. Mentors always have an inner belief that they are capable of creating an active and vital impact on others lives. Such commitments always flow naturally, as they are grounded in the experiences of real mentors. They have the knowledge that makes the challenging job of mentoring easier for them. In fact, they consider this job as an investment of their time and energy in a very positive direction.

Acceptance: The beginning of an effective mentoring is grounded in having empathy, which only means accepting someone without making critical judgments. The mentor is always accepting new teachers as the ones who need to be nurtured both personally and professionally. Mentors do not make instant decisions or rebuff their mentees as being not prepared, arrogant, inexperienced, or defensive. Rather, good mentors always take these attributes as challenges for themselves and give meaningful support to mentees.

Skilled in providing Instructional Support: Novice teachers always step in their professional careers with different levels of skills in them. Some are good, and some are average at design and delivery of curriculum. Good mentors teach beginning teachers regardless of their skill levels. They train everyone with their knowledge and expertise and bring improvement.

Good interpersonal relations: The new teachers are not equivalent and so are not all the mentors. Relationship difficulties can exist between mentors and mentees and can result in diminished support for new teachers. It depends only upon the mentors to recognize that every mentoring relationship is unique, and help has to be provided at every level.

Continuous learner: Effective solutions and better answers can only come in mind through constant reading and learning new things. Good mentors reveal this behavior when they are confronted with a problematic situation during mentoring. The process of learning for a good mentor never ends.

The Need For Good Mentors Always Grows In The Society!

Someone in our lives always creates a positive and enduring impact on our professional personality. Someone worthy enough of being called a mentor- a particular person who has been professionally appointed for helping others through the obstacles of their professional careers. Previously, teachers were not provided mentors for career development. In fact, there are many mentors who remember that their initial years in the classroom were difficult ones, and they had to face all the problems alone without any formal support. Fortunately, the situation has changed now. Many school districts in the US have introduced entry-level programs in which pairs of experienced and new teachers are made. In nearly all the cases, experienced officials pair up new teachers, even before the establishment of a personal relationship between them.  This current practice of school-based mentoring program is highly beneficial to cope up with unique challenges, and it helps to provide support, which increases student’s success in different academic disciplines.  Likewise, it also results in indefinite success of any academy as well that augments such mentoring programs in their curriculum.

David Cutler shares his experience as a history teacher. At the age of 23, he was a fresh graduate and moved to Miami to teach American history at the Palmer Trinity, a private school in Palmetto Bay. He was totally new at the place with no friends and family in the area and not much familiar with the surroundings. David wanted to get a firmer hold on the curriculum by making his lesson plans more appropriate and engaging for students.

Today, after having seven years of teaching experience and changing the lives of many students under his leadership, he considers whatever he has accomplished is directly related to high quality, helpful mentorship that he got during the first year of his teaching. He says that he would not have been what he is today if he had quit in his first few years of the job.

The mentorship serves several constructive purposes in the society. Some of them are:

Serve as a Best Friend:

Trust is one of the building blocks for having a real mentor-mentee relationship. New teachers are not much courageous to express their doubts and mistakes to experienced teachers without any fear, discomfiture or ramification. This can only be accomplished if mentors serve as confidants and not as judges. Their only concern must be to help the mentees so that in turn, the students could succeed in the classrooms.  There might be situations when it is not necessary to report the mistakes of mentees to seniors. A real mentor always gives allowance to refine and analyze first rather than just reporting. Scolding for mistakes is not a good approach to teaching. In fact, support and praise can lead to much better results for becoming an effective teacher.

Good Observers:

Mentors help by observing classes and discussing the flaws along with positive things observed during the class. Good mentors never threat or intimidate the mentees; rather they listen to their mentees as well. Listening and observing the new teachers can help to understand the feelings that are behind the words, those feelings that can be judged by the body language of teachers. Mentors help by evaluating the body language and then finding out the most honest way to help, instead of being hurtful or insensitive. Good mentors always manage the situation and provide guidance in a comfort zone to novice teachers.

Help To Build Up the Confidence:

Mentors help to develop the sense of empowering confidence in new teachers. They invest countless hours even after school to aid the teachers in the development of lesson plans and describing ways by which assessments can be made in effective ways. This attitude helps to create a tremendous sense of safety as the mentor gives the reassurance himself.

Provides Psychological Benefits:

Mentoring is not just limited to career benefits; rather there are psychological benefits also. It always raises the self-esteem of the mentee. The mentoring experience is associated with the development of a great sense of connotation in the world. Mentors also enjoy the satisfaction of helping someone who is less experienced. This could also be described as one of the ways of giving back and thanking the teaching profession.

Follow Coaching Plans:

Mentors also pursue rigorous and relevant instructional methods to teach the mentees. They already know the path through which success can come in the way of a new teacher’s professional development. Through their collegial acts, Mentors stimulate curiosity in their mentees and facilitate them in learning new things that can help them in the future ahead.

It is a Real Professional Development!

Teacher mentoring programs are constantly on the rise since the beginning of the year 1980 in the US. They are remarkably providing a vehicle, which strongly supports the novice teachers. Mentoring focuses on the development of new teaching professionals. It has many benefits as well, both for the mentors and for the mentees. It is a two-way process, in which both mentors and mentees benefit from each other in distinctive ways. This idea that mentors also benefit from mentoring is not a new one. In the 1980s, people started to acknowledge that it provided positive professional growth for mentors. Mentoring programs also expand the space for improvement of the classroom teaching skills of mentors. These programs also make them aware of the need for educators’ communication with each other in different ways. It also creates an understanding of the role that they have to practice in the institution.

The word, which can be associated with novice teacher, is the struggle. This association shows that the initial years for new teachers are always of struggle. Although, the sanguinity and the enthusiasm, which is found in a new professional, are there, these feelings fade off with time very quickly if mentoring is not done properly in beginning years. Anxiety and confusion are often seen in the first year of teaching. These feelings can be conquered if mentoring and coaching provided to new teachers is related to the development of excellence and student success. A new teacher is always concerned right from day one about students. During the whole year, different learning experiences are gained by new teachers, which can help to thrive professionally.  If all the needs are adequately addressed, then successful development can be made. Otherwise, it would be difficult to retain the new teachers in the teaching profession.

As an old saying goes, give a hungry person a fish, and you will feed him for a day, but teach him to fish and he will feed himself for the entire life; this holds true for mentorship too. The traits of good mentorship even last when the mentor is not there around because the aim of mentorship is to make the mentee self-sufficient. The primary goal of mentorship is to create the competency along with the capacity by which a teacher can make informed decisions on his/her own.

3 Best Scholarships for Minorities in the United States

Going to college is not easy for a vast number of people. So many of them are struggling with financial instability, especially minorities. The best way to pay for your college education is through scholarships and grants. For minorities, there are a number of university scholarships available to help pay for their university education. University scholarships have one big advantage; they do not need to be paid back, unlike loans that need to be paid back. Here are some top minority scholarships that are available to all of the minority students in the United States who want to go to college.

 

The Pell Grant Program: This grant provides excellent minority scholarships to students who encounter economic and financial difficulties. This program offers a number of scholarship grants for minorities. The Pell Grant Program is one of the best minority scholarships for groups like Latin Americans, Mexicans, Asians, and for people with Hispanic or Arab heritage. This scholarship is also available to the people who were victims of severe discrimination or who are disabled. Students must have a diploma from their high schools and need to pass an “ability to benefit” test. If an applicant was in prison at any point in the past, then this person becomes ineligible for this scholarship. Also, students may be ineligible for the grant if they have been convicted in the past for some drug-related offense. If those types of students are going to be given a grant, then it depends on the situation when this crime occurred, and did those students attend a drug rehabilitation program if applicable. Students also must not have an outstanding Pell overpayment on record.

 

Jackie Robinson Foundation: The Jackie Robinson Foundation is a college grant program, and it offers scholarships to future students from minority communities to help them gain university education based on their financial need. It provides funds to aid youth of all ethnic minority groups in the United States of America. To be eligible for this scholarship an applicant must: 1) Be a graduating, minority high school senior; 2) Attend an accredited and approved four–year institution in the United States; 3) Show real leadership potential; 4) Demonstrate a dedication to serving the community; 5) Present some evidence of financial need; 6) Be a United States citizen; 7) Have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 on sections such as math and reading, or a composite ACT score of 21; 8) Applicants cannot possess a degree from a 2-year or 4–year college when applying for this scholarship.

 

The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is given by the Aspen Institute to minority students, and it is one of the best scholarships in the country. This scholarship includes a grant of 25 to 30 thousand dollars annually. Each candidate needs to have an excellent academic record, and also have the following: 1) The candidate needs to have demonstrated interest or experience in some nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and also the social sector; 2) Good research and writing skills; 3) Demonstrated financial need, and 4) Needs to have U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency.

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