Teacher Diversity

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Recruitment & Retention Opinion Stop Trying to Recruit Black Teachers Until You Can Retain the Ones You Have
Schools are desperate to recruit Black teachers, writes Bettina L. Love. But do they know how to support them and value their work?
Bettina L. Love, March 23, 2023
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Recruitment & Retention From Our Research Center Districts Want More Teachers of Color But Don't Do Enough to Recruit Them, Survey Finds
Results from a January survey found that work remains in districts' efforts to recruit more teachers of color. Experts offer advice.
Ileana Najarro, February 15, 2023
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Teaching Profession Opinion Why Black Teachers Stay
It's not easy to stick with the profession, but the rewards for teachers and students can be profound.
Rann Miller, February 15, 2023
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Chimere Stephens, the Director of NYC Men Teach at the NYC Department of Education, pictured at PS 55 elementary school in the Bronx, New York., January 19, 2023.
Chimere Stephens, the director of NYC Men Teach for the New York City schools, has helped his district almost double the percentage of male teachers of color.
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Recruitment & Retention Q&A How to Get Male Students of Color to Pursue Teaching
New York City's summer internship for male teachers of color sparks interest in the profession and the district.
Mark Walsh, February 6, 2023
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Chimere Stephens, the Director of NYC Men Teach at the NYC Department of Education, reads a book to a class of first grade students at PS 55 elementary school in the Bronx, New York., January 19, 2023.
Chimere Stephens, the director of NYC Men Teach at the NYC Department of Education, reads a book to a class of 1st grade students in January at PS 55 elementary school.
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Recruitment & Retention Leader To Learn From Want to Recruit Male Teachers of Color? Look to This New York City Leader
Chimere Stephens, who leads recruitment of men of color for the New York City schools, believes in starting with high school students.
Alyson Klein & Mark Walsh, February 6, 2023
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Recruitment & Retention 4 Actions Districts and States Can Take to Increase Staff Diversity
A report offers concrete steps for districts, charter organizations, and states to boost the racial diversity of their K-12 workforce.
Denisa R. Superville, January 31, 2023
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School & District Management Opinion 4 Ways to Make Your School Better for Black and Brown Teachers
Want to diversify the teaching force? An important place to start is understanding what educators of color need from their principals.
Sharif El-Mekki, January 3, 2023
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LéAnn Cassidy, 57, sits in her classroom at Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, Conn. The 2018 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year and 2018 finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year, has been a classroom teacher for 34 years, but is considering retiring early.
LéAnn Cassidy sits in her classroom at Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, Conn. The 2018 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year has been a classroom teacher for 34 years, but is considering retiring early.
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Teaching Profession 5 Popular Teacher Stories You May Have Missed in 2022
Teacher shortages and burnout led headlines at all major news sites throughout the year.
Madeline Will, December 15, 2022
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Teaching Profession Long Hours, Second Jobs: New Federal Data Give a Snapshot of the Teaching Profession
The profession grew less diverse, and teachers are still working significantly more than a 40-hour workweek, the latest data show.
Madeline Will, December 13, 2022
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Evanston, IL - August 24: Teacher DarLisa Himrod poses for a portrait in her classroom for ages 3-5 at Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022 in Evanston, Ill. Nimrod previously worked with ages 0-3 and completed a yearlong residency to receive her teaching certification.
After one of the most challenging years of her life, DarLisa Himrod landed a position as a certified preschool special education teacher at the Joseph E. Hill Early Childhood Center in Evanston, Ill.
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Recruitment & Retention A New Teacher at 50: Inside the Struggle to Rebuild America's Black Teaching Workforce
A suburban Chicago school district was desperate to hire more teachers of color and root out racism. Enter DarLisa Himrod.
Benjamin Herold, October 11, 2022
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Teaching Profession What Teachers of Color Say Will Actually Work to Diversify the Profession
In a new survey, teachers of color pick the most effective recruitment and retention strategies.
Madeline Will, September 20, 2022
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Middletown City School District Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr. speaks at the 2022 ISTE Leadership Exchange in New Orleans on June 26, 2022.
Marlon Styles Jr., the superintendent of the Middletown City School District in Ohio, speaks at the 2022 ISTE Leadership Exchange in New Orleans on June 26. The session was part of the International Society for Technology in Education's national conference.
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Classroom Technology Q&A Superintendent: Recruit More Black Male Educators, Get Tech in the Hands of All Students
Middletown, Ohio, school district chief Marlon Styles Jr. is the first Black superintendent of that school system.
Lauraine Langreo, August 3, 2022
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Montgomery County teacher and Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Willie Carver, in downtown Mt. Sterling, Ky., on May 11, 2022.
Montgomery County teacher and Kentucky Teacher of the Year, Willie Carver, in downtown Mt. Sterling, Ky., on May 11, 2022.
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Equity & Diversity Citing Anti-Gay Discrimination, a Teacher of the Year Leaves the Classroom
Kentucky's 2022 Teacher of the Year Willie Carver Jr. said he had been unable to find support from his school administration.
Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Lexington Herald-Leader, June 28, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Push Is on to Grow and Nurture Latino Teacher Pipeline
Latinos for Education has created a new advisory council to better inform federal policies on hiring and retaining more Latino educators.
Ileana Najarro, June 24, 2022
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