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‘207’ features USM-Portland Public Schools diversity project

Image from WCSH-TV's '207

A USM-Portland Public Schools partnership that brought together people with diverse backgrounds interested in entering the teaching profession was the subject of a story on WCSH-TV’s “207.”

The program interviewed students and instructors in the program, which ran for four weeks on USM’s Portland Campus.

More than 93 percent of all Portland Public Schools staff identify as white, compared to 43 percent of students who identify as people of color. The program was created to diversify staff, particularly teachers, to better reflect the diversity of the student body, said Superintendent Xavier Bota. The program targeted USM students, high school and other college students and adults with a focus on new Mainers. Together, they explored the teaching profession through a college course and hands-on classroom experience.

More than 40 students took part.

See the full “207” story here.