Principal Marcia Carmichael-Murphy and her leadership team put teacher-candidates in the hot seat when they interview them for a position at Coleridge-Taylor Montessori Elementary School in Louisville, Ky. The school is in the historically Black Russell neighborhood in the city’s West End.
The school leaders ask about cultural bias, community wealth, and how prospective teachers will build positive relationships with students. They pay attention to whether candidates are comfortable even saying the word Black. They drill down on how the candidates’ worldviews will impact their teaching styles and how they’d help students feel like they belong at the school.