Chapter 2: Diversifying the Teaching Field – State StrategiesSee Chapter 2 Video
Chapter 3: Diversifying the Teaching Field – District StrategiesSee Chapter 3 Video
Student-Teacher Demographic Diversity Gap
All teachers should have intentional, culturally-based preparation to teach our growing diverse student population. But diversity in the teaching profession also can positively impact student educational experiences and outcomes. And while this benefits students of color significantly, White students benefit as well. Yet, schools across the country are struggling to hire a workforce that reflects the racial diversity of their communities.See Map
Webinar: Diversifying the Field: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color
Faced with a national teacher shortage, schools across the country are struggling to hire a workforce of qualified educators that reflects the racial diversity of their communities. While current conditions in many states have contributed to widespread shortages of teachers of all types, teachers of color encounter unique barriers to entering the profession and to continuing to teach for the long haul.
Fortunately, a variety of programs, policies, and practices hold promise in helping to bolster the pipeline of teachers of color recruited and retained in teaching. This paper examines the current state of teachers of color in the workforce, the factors that affect the recruitment, hiring, and retention of teachers of color, and opportunities for growing a stable workforce of teachers of color.Webinar
Watch the webinar on YouTube.
Literature Review Summary
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Learning Policy Institute, developed this three-page summary of her literature review “Diversifying the Field – Barriers to Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color and How to Overcome Them.”See Summary
This paper by Desiree Carver-Thomas, Learning Policy Institute, examines the current state of teachers of color in the workforce, the factors that affect the recruitment, hiring, and retention of teachers of color, and opportunities for growing a stable workforce of teachers of color.See Literature Review
See the full literature review developed for the IDRA EAC-South by Desiree Carver-Thomas of the Learning Policy Institute.
State- and District-Level Strategies
As noted in the accompanying IDRA EAC-South literature review and summary, all teachers require more intentional, culturally-based preparation to reach a growing diverse student population by building on students’ academic, cultural, and linguistic strengths. But, teachers themselves should represent racial diversity. Increasing diversity in the teaching profession can have positive impacts on student educational experiences and outcomes. While this is especially true for students of color, having teachers of color benefits White students as well. This resource provides important findings highlighting the need to ensure a racially diverse teaching workforce.See Strategies
See the six-page resource: State- and District-Level Strategies – Ideas about Diversifying the Field.