May 2018–KVSC’s Josh Nguyen examined the diversity of the leadership in education in St. Cloud. Over the last decade, Central Minnesota’s demographics have changed drastically. Those changes included the influx of Latino residents in the late 90’s and increase of Somali immigrants in the "00’s." The make-up of the area looks a lot different.
We’ve seen the growing pains across the region but no area has been impact more than our local schools. The faculty at most local school do not reflect the community’s demographic make-up. But luckily, that’s starting to change.
On the latest program we discuss that issue with one of the area’s newest leaders, Al Johnson. He officially become the principal at Apollo High School in April. We discuss his approach to education through inclusion.
We also chat with Minnesota State’s newest Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Clyde Pickett. He tells us the challenges of hiring minority candidates in greater Minnesota.