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Black School Leadership - How Do They Do It In Chicago?

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Summary

Discover the barriers that many black and Hispanic candidates face when applying for headteacher and school-leader roles in Chicago, and see the strategies that are being implemented to help them.

Although nearly 90 per cent of Chicago's public school students are of the same ethnicity, aspiring black and Hispanic school leaders still face many obstacles to career progression.

Schools are now using four key strategies to overcome these barriers. They include offering subsidised leadership-training programmes targeted at under-represented groups; developing a new model of leadership; recruiting beyond traditional routes; and raising the number of college-educated black and Hispanic leaders of the future.

Hear the views of Tim Knowles, of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, who believes students will reap the benefits of having these strong leaders in the schools of Chicago for years to come.

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