Teacher diversity

A diverse teacher workforce benefits all students, particularly students of color. It is possible to measure real gains made by Black students who experience even just one Black teacher, in how much they learn and the rate in which they graduate, including from college. These benefits extend beyond those students who have long been disadvantaged by the nation's education system. A more diverse teacher workforce provides an important first lesson for all children: that the world outside their immediate neighborhood is a tapestry of cultures, traditions, and experiences to embrace, not to be feared or mistrusted. Yet the lack of diversity in the teacher workforce remains a persistent challenge.

Policies to Increase Teacher Diversity

Despite robust research that shows that teachers of color increase positive academic, social-emotional, and behavioral outcomes for all students, particularly students of color, our new data and analysis suggest a variety of ways state education leaders and policymakers could do more to increase teacher diversity.

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Data from NCTQ dispels the myth that selectivity and diversity are incompatible.

We present strong evidence that admissions selectivity and diversity in teacher preparation need not be competing goals, finding just short of 200 teacher preparation programs that are both contributing to greater teacher diversity and have adequate admissions standards.

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A wealth of research supports the positive effects of teachers of color on the academic and life outcomes of students of color. 

The response to these findings should be to double down on recruitment efforts, and also to examine what can be done to improve the experiences of Black and Latino children in classrooms led by teachers who don't look like them. Disturbing research surfaces significant bias in the decisions schools and teachers make.

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