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Leading the way to diverse schools

Students and faculty attended the Project LEAD (Leaders in Education Advocating for Diversity) Fall Forum on November 11.

Professor Rachel Ragland, chair of the Department of Education, accompanied four education majors to the forum, which was held at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

This year’s LEAD Student Ambassadors are Ayana Bankston ’18, Araceli Gelacio ’17, Rebecca Hernandez ’18, and Danny Zamudio ’17. Ragland is chair of Project LEAD, an initiative of the Center for Success in High Need Schools. The goal of the project is to find ways to increase the diversity among K-12 teachers.

The Lake Forest College delegation joined college and university faculty and teacher candidate ambassadors from across the state of Illinois to explore the issues central to the demographics of the teacher and student pipeline and hear updates from Project LEAD colleagues on their projects from last year and this year.

Participants heard inspiring stories of becoming a teacher from diverse teachers from Chicago and across Illinois and received updates on projects being done across the nation to increase and support the number of talented and diverse candidates of color who become teachers. Special guests included Josh Kaufman of Teach Plus Chicago on policy and advocacy in the era of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). There was also time to network and share stories and ideas with colleagues and teacher candidate ambassadors.