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Uncommon Schools teacher Quinterrence Bell tells the Daily News about the importance of hiring and supporting teachers of color.

Quinterrence Bell is a teacher at Excellence Boys Elementary Academy — a charter school in the Uncommon Schools Network in Brooklyn, NY. He is passionate about supporting all students from low-income communities. Recently, Bell authored an opinion piece on the Daily News about the many benefits of a diverse teaching staff for students of color. In his statement, Bell sites the effects and results of diversity on student potential, ambition, and attrition.

“According to a study of 100,000 black students by the Institute of Labor Economics released this month, having at least one black teacher in third through fifth grades reduced a black student’s probability of dropping out of school by 29% and significantly increased their chance of aspiring to attend a four-year college. For very low-income black boys, the results were even greater — their chance of dropping out of school fell 39%.”

Bell reminds his readers that this is more than just putting more black and brown faces in the classroom, it is about creating “new and innovative ways to support and develop more teachers of color” to create lasting change. He applauds Uncommon Schools for doing just that. Their initiative and investment in developing a diverse teaching staff was a large part of why he joined the Uncommon team.
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