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Twitter chat: When teaching, race and culture collide

Our recent post, What ‘white folks who teach in the hood’ get wrong about education, stirred a spirited conversation about white teachers in minority classrooms, both in our comments section and on social media. NewsHour invites you to continue that dialogue by joining us for a Twitter chat with author Dr. Chris Emdin, associate professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and associate director of the university’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education. His book, “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too” offers at critical look at what he calls a “savior complex” among inexperienced white teachers, as well as steps to incorporate students’ unique cultures into the classroom.

How can teachers from different racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds effectively lead in an urban setting? Join @NewsHour from 7-8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 6, for a live Twitter chat. Our guests include Emdin (@chrisemdin), and Washington, D.C.’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Topher Kandik (@TopherTeacher). As a teacher of primarily minority students in urban classrooms, he stresses the importance of teachers understanding their students. Activist, educator and Teach For America’s commission member for Ferguson, Mo., Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) will also join in.

We’re also joined by professor Nicholas Papageorge (@NWPapageorge), lead researcher of Who believes in me? The effect of student–teacher demographic match on teacher expectations. This recent study, published in Economics in Education Review, found that white teachers are more likely to doubt educational prospects of black boys and girls than their black professional counterparts.

I will moderate the discussion using the hashtag #newshourchats. You can find me at @LiveFromKenya.

Read some of the highlights from the discussion below.