Dr. Melissa Crum: Thoughts about Diversity Education

As educators, it is always fitting and proper to think about how we can best serve the needs of the students of color who comprise our classroom population. This is particularly true during Black History Month. In this TED Talk, the issue is explored by Dr. Melissa Crum, an education consultant, diversity practitioner, and artist who conducts workshops with many educators in urban schools. Dr. Crum was inspired to do this work when she remembered incidents from her own childhood, and when she observed that many teachers have challenges teaching and relating to students who do not share their same cultural background. In response, she worked with a museum educator to create an arts-based professional development series that helps educators reflect about how they are interacting with their students. Here she shares her inspirational and eye-opening message that everyone who works with students should hear.

Baltimore’s Chalkboard Champion Wyatt Oroke

Any teacher who needs a reminder about why we do the work we do can take a look at this video of middle school teacher Wyatt Oroke from Baltimore, Maryland. This chalkboard champion teaches humanities to eighth graders at City Springs Middle School. Wyatt attended a taping of the Ellen Degeneres show last October, where he was surprised to find himself seated in the interview chair. He shared his passion for teaching, expressed his love for his students, and described his goals for their success. “What happens in classrooms today impacts what happens in the world tomorrow,” says Wyatt. “If you fill your classroom with love today, you’re going to fill the world with love tomorrow.” Take a look:

To read more about this amazing educator and his students, click on this article published in Education PostWyatt Oroke 1, or this one in the Baltimore SunWyatt Oroke 2.