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Recruitment & Retention Live Online Discussion

A Seat at the Table: Why Retaining Education Leaders of Color Is Key for Student Success

This event occurred on January 25, 2022 3:01 PM EST, but is available to view on-demand.
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Today, in the United States roughly 53 percent of our public school students are young people of color, while approximately 80 percent of the educators who lead their classrooms, schools, and districts are white.

Racial diversity among staff matters. When students see educators who look like them, they benefit across the board in many crucial ways, including in school attendance, academic gains, and high school completion.

How can districts retain more education leaders of color and build a supportive community for them?

Join Peter DeWitt for a live online discussion on how to develop a healthy school community that reflects the needs of all students.

Guests include award-winning educators Baron R. Davis, a superintendent in Columbia, S.C., and an EdWeek 2020 Leader To Learn From; Andrea Kane, an education leadership professor at the University of Pennsylvania and a former superintendent; and Patricia Alvarez McHatton, the senior vice president for the Branch Alliance for Education Diversity.

Baron R. Davis
Superintendent Richland School District Two (Columbia, S.C.)
Baron R. Davis is the superintendent of Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C., and the district’s first Black superintendent in its more than 90-year history. Through the launching of Premier 100, he prioritized increasing the recruitment and retention of male teachers of color in the district. He has developed several districtwide programs to support student success, including for young people from military families. For his contributions to the field, he has been recognized many times, including being named a Leader To Learn From by Education Week in 2021.
Andrea Kane
Professor of Practice in Educational Leadership University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education
Andrea M. Kane is a professor of practice in educational leadership at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has held many instructional roles from para-professional to her most recent position as school superintendent for Queen Anne’s County, Md. As an educator, she has received numerous awards for leading large suburban, urban, and small rural districts, including the Maryland Governor’s Citation for instructional leadership. In 2020 and 2021, every school in her district received Green School certification by the Maryland Association of Environmental Outdoor Education.
Patricia Alvarez McHatton
Senior Vice President Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity
Patricia Alvarez McHatton is the senior vice president of Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED). She oversees all Minority Serving Institution Educator Preparation faculty and leadership programming, capacity building, professional development initiatives, as well as BranchED’s National Teacher Preparation Transformation Center, and the Professional Development Center. Her experience spans PK-12 and higher education.
Peter DeWitt
Opinion Contributor, Education Week
A former K-5 public school principal turned author, presenter, and leadership coach, DeWitt provides insights and advice for education leaders on the Finding Common Ground blog. He can be found at He is on Twitter @PeterMDeWitt.

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