Teacher Diversity

Teaching Profession Video Voices From the Field | Black Male Educators on Pipelines and Retention
Black men account for only 2 percent of teachers, and their turnover rates are especially high. A look at the problems and potential solutions behind that statistic.
Jaclyn Borowski , May 4, 2021
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Equity & Diversity What Black Men Need From Schools to Stay in the Teaching Profession
Only 2 percent of teachers are Black men. Three Black male educators share their views on what's behind the statistic.
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Tyshawn, 9, left, and his brother Tyler, 11, right, of Baltimore, hold signs saying "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" as they sit on a concrete barrier near a police line as demonstrators protest along a section of 16th Street that has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington on June 24, 2020.
Tyshawn, 9, left, and his brother Tyler, 11, right, of Baltimore, hold signs saying "Black Lives Matter" and "I Can't Breathe" as they sit on a concrete barrier at a demonstration near the White House in the summer of 2020.
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Equity & Diversity 4 Ways George Floyd's Murder Has Changed How We Talk About Race and Education
Floyd’s tragic death and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests evolved the discourse about structural racism in American schools.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 21, 2021
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Teacher Preparation Opinion Far Too Many Educators Aren’t Prepared to Teach Black and Brown Students
Teacher-prep programs can help address that inadequacy, writes Sharif El-Mekki.
Sharif El-Mekki, April 6, 2021
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Recruitment & Retention Male Teachers Share Advice for Getting More Men Into the Profession
Male teachers discuss what it’s like to be a minority in the profession, and what they think could be done to inspire more men to join their ranks.
Elizabeth Heubeck, March 15, 2021
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Baron Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
Baron Davis, superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From Building a Community for Black Male Teachers
Baron R. Davis is leading efforts to hire more Black male teachers committed to improving academic excellence in a South Carolina district.
Christina A. Samuels, February 17, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion How Teachers Can Get America's Story Right
The attack on the U.S. Capitol shows why we need more inclusive schools, writes a teacher advocate.
Scott Goldstein, January 12, 2021
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Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
Karen Lewis sits outside her home on Sept. 13. She was one of about 100 teachers and social workers in the Schenectady, N.Y., district who were recently laid off via a Zoom call.
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Teaching Profession How COVID-19 Is Hurting Teacher Diversity
Layoffs that are based on seniority can disproportionately affect Black and brown teachers.
Madeline Will, September 14, 2020
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Teaching Profession 'No One Else Is Going to Step Up': In a Time of Racial Reckoning, Teachers of Color Feel the Pressure
It’s tiring to be asked to lead conversations about race and racism, teachers of color say. But at the same time, many feel a sense of responsibility to take charge of this work.
Madeline Will, July 21, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention How Districts Can Show They Are Committed to Building a More Racially Diverse Workforce
Here are some ways for districts and schools to demonstrate that they value and support teachers of color.
Elizabeth Heubeck, July 16, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color: Why It Matters, Ways to Do It
Some districts are making gains in recruiting and holding onto Black, Hispanic, and Asian teachers. Here are some ideas for how to do it.
Elizabeth Heubeck, June 30, 2020
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Anne Beitlers, the director of the secondary teacher education program at the University of Washington, oversees a white caucus group discussion. In focus groups organized by personal identity, teacher-candidates work to understand how their identities could affect their teaching and to process their own experiences in a supportive space.
Anne Beitlers, the director of the secondary teacher education program at the University of Washington, oversees a white caucus group discussion. In focus groups organized by personal identity, teacher-candidates work to understand how their identities could affect their teaching and to process their own experiences in a supportive space.
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Teaching Profession Teacher-Candidates Get a Safe Space to Air Touchy Issues of Identity
Affinity groups known as caucuses let teacher-candidates at the University of Washington gather with others who share part of their identity, such as race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
Madeline Will, March 3, 2020
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Recruitment & Retention Leader To Learn From Revamping Hiring and Support for Teachers
Gonzalo La Cava, the chief of human resources in The School District of Palm Beach County, Fla., has tackled high teacher vacancies by building a pipeline into the teaching profession for non-traditional candidates, better matching teachers’ skills and experiences to the needs of schools, and ensuring that new teachers get support during the critical early years on the job. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Michele Molnar, February 19, 2020
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