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Ladson-Billings speaks with WKOW/Ch. 27 about racial disparities in education

November 25, 2016

UW-Madison’s Gloria Ladson-Billings recently spoke with Madison’s ABC affiliate, WKOW/Ch. 27, about ongoing concerns related to the achievement gap between white and black students in Wisconsin.

Gloria Ladson-Billings on WKOWLadson-Billings is the School of Education's Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education, and is a professor with the departments of Curriculum and InstructionEducational Policy Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.

In the report, Ladson-Billings says that one way to address racial disparities in ‚Äčthe classroom is to work with white teachers ‚Äčto increase understanding and develop better relationships with black students and their parents. 

"We have a teaching force that isn't prepared culturally, isn't prepared linguistically, isn't prepared socially because their own experiences are so different from those of the students," she tells WKOW.

Ladson-Billings also emphasized that improving teacher-student relationships is only one way to address racial disparities in Wisconsin, adding that education is affected by disparities in other areas as well, such as in housing and employment.
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