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
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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.
The first section of this paper, The Current State of Teachers of Color in the United States, includes a description of the proportion and growth and teachers of color in the workforce based on several national data sources and an analysis of the most recent nationally representative datasets from the U.S. Department of Education Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) 2011-12 and the SASS Teacher Follow-up Survey 2013-14. This section also summarizes recent literature regarding the value to students of a racially diverse teacher workforce, followed by a discussion of the significant role teacher retention plays in shortages of teachers of color.
The second section of this paper, Barriers to Recruiting & Retaining Teachers of Color, summarizes the most recent literature on factors affecting the recruitment, hiring and retention of teachers of color. Included within this discussion is enrollment in and completion of high-quality teacher preparation, school closure and turnaround policies, and teacher working conditions.
Finally, the last section of this paper, Promising Practices, examines the evidence for promising practices aimed at overcoming the common barriers to recruiting, hiring, and retaining teachers of color identified in section two. These practices include funding high-retention pathways into teaching, such as teacher residencies, Grow Your Own programs, and college mentoring and support programs; creating pro-active hiring and induction strategies; and improving school teaching conditions through improved school leadership.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.