Think and Drink Seattle: The Divided Classroom @ Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, Seattle [13 September]

Think and Drink Seattle: The Divided Classroom

19:00 - 20:30

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse
8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103
***Note that registration is now full for this Think & Drink event. If you registered, please be sure to show up before 6:45 p.m., otherwise your spot will be given away. Didn’t register but still want to come? At 6:45 p.m. we’ll begin opening the spaces of those who registered but haven’t shown up. The open spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.***

Does a child learn better when their teacher looks like them?

The vast majority of teachers in Washington State’s K-12 schools are White (90%) and female (80%), yet the student body is only 56% White. This has led to what some call a “culture gap”—a huge proportion of students being taught by someone whose lived experience may be far different than theirs. This may contribute not only to lower grades and graduation rates, but higher rates of discipline.

But is a teacher’s race even the issue? Is it more important to be of a similar religion, urban or rural background, or socioeconomic status? As a Black student put it in an article for the National Education Association, “I probably had more in common with a White teacher from a lower-income background than I had with a Black teacher who grew up in a more affluent environment.”

As America moves closer toward being a majority minority country, join us for a discussion on the culture gap in Washington’s classrooms. Is increasing the number of teachers of color enough, or can cultural competency training close the culture gap regardless of a teacher’s background? Daudi Abe, Seattle Central College professor and journalist, and Kristin Leong, education activist, former teacher, and founder of, will explore the causes and solutions to our divided classrooms. Moderated by KUOW’s Jamala Henderson

Media sponsor: KUOW.

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