Kathryn Garcia

13. How will you ensure that arts education leadership and instruction better reflects the population of 1.1 million public school students? What will you do to ensure that arts education reflects the cultures, values, and learning abilities of students engaged in it?

We need to have teachers that reflect the diversity of our City. Studies show that when students have teachers who look like them, their outcomes are better. Teachers of color are more likely to empathize with students of color, and provide a culturally responsive curriculum that reflects the needs and abilities of their students. Teachers should also have access to ongoing professional training to ensure they are receiving the most up-to-date guidance on developing culturally-responsive curricula. Teachers should also integrate artistic organizations, projects, and other efforts from the local community.

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