Black students who are taught by teachers who attended an Historically Black College or University or HBCU fare better than their peers. That’s what Lavar Edmonds found as he dug into a trove of data from North Carolina schools. More intriguing still: while students with Black teachers show the biggest gains, the effect also held with white teachers who graduated from HBCUs. Edmonds, the runner up in the Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest, explains what he thinks is the “secret sauce” at HBCUs, and why his findings challenge some of the central assumptions of so-called “role-model effects” in education.
It’s the episode we’ve been looking forward to all year! Meet the winner of the 2021 Have You Heard Graduate Student Research Contest: Patrick Conway. When you listen to this episode, you’ll understand exactly why Patrick claimed this year’s top prize. His exploration of how we value prison education raises essential and relevant questions—about who is entitled to be educated at tax-payer expense, what kind of education they should receive, and how we view crime. Congratulations to Patrick, and a big thanks to his former student JD Linares for putting in a special appearance. You can find a complete transcript of the episode here.