Dear United States Department of Education,
Many students of color are influenced daily by educators of color. Allow them to “step into the shoes” of an educator – a professional who is taken seriously and one who advocates for his/her profession with the utmost respect. Allow students of color to help create updated “curriculum” and “workshops” which reflect them and their lives as valuable and human. I believe this will breathe life into the teaching profession once the stigma of “whining teachers” are lifted and removed.
Jalissa Bates, M.A.
Louisiana State University Upward Bound Instructor
NCTE Louisiana Policy Analyst