Grow Your Own Multicultural Scholarship: YEAR 3

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Jennifer Paepke

  • Beloit School District
  • Beloit, WI

About this fundraiser

The School District of Beloit is proud to announce the continuation of our Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program to provide scholarships to minority students who decide to pursue careers in education. These new teachers will return to Beloit and our community of learners to begin their career.

With extensive national debate about Closing the Achievement Gap in education, we believe having a quality diverse workforce is a key component to address this issue. However, in too many schools throughout our nation, school districts continue to struggle with educating a very diverse student population with a less than diverse workforce.

During the 2015-2016 school year, there was only one African American male teacher within the entire school district and he retired. In addition, according to the School District of Beloit's 2015-2016 Affirmative Action Report (dated 11-23-15) there were 33 African Americans, 8 Indian/Alaskan, 6 Asians, and 14 Hispanic/Latinos out of a total of 544 professional educators within the entire school district. In essence, there were 61 minority professional educators out a total of 544, which is 11.07%. The School District of Beloit believes that such a disparity is unacceptable and has taken action steps to address this issue. The School District of Beloit not only values diversity, but also believes our workforce should be reflective of the students and community it proudly serves. Additionally, the School District of Beloit believes that is important that students see and possibly, have the opportunity to be taught by a teacher who looks like them within their educational experience. Therefore, in an effort to ensure a mix of diversity in our professional teaching workforce, the School District of Beloit launched the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program. The goal of this scholarship is to encourage minorities to pursue teaching as a career and return back to teach in Beloit.

Your support of the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program not only helps our students but the community as well. Diversity helps our students to be more globally competitive. Michael Lee, a diversity consultant said, "Diversity in the workplace increased creativity, increased productivity, promoted new attitudes, enhanced new language skills, expanded global understanding, and helped develop new processes and new solutions to difficult problems". Mary McCleod Bethune once said, "The growth or destruction of a nation begins in the homes of its people". Beloit is our home. An investment in our students is an investment in our future. Therefore, we ask that you support the Grow Your Own Multicultural Teacher Scholarship Program. A small investment today will yield great returns for our school district, community, and businesses tomorrow.

Who is managing the campaign?

Darrell Williams, Jen Paepke, Tasha Bell

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