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How can the U.S. increase teacher diversity?

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
August 30th, 2016

A new report examines a handful of scenarios designed to retain more black and Hispanic teachers

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Public schools often encounter diversity challenges. Minority students make up almost half of all public school students, but minority teachers account for only 18 percent of the teacher workforce.

Now, a new report from the Brookings Institution seeks to address the diversity issue and get to the root of the challenge.

Key points:

  • Attaining a diverse teacher workforce should be a long-term policy goal
  • Strategies should be put in place to help minority teachers succeed in college and remain in the classroom

The report intends to answer two questions:

  1. What will it take to achieve a national teacher workforce that is as diverse as the student body it serves?
  2. How long will it take to reach that goal?

Four key moments along the teacher pipeline are examined: college attendance and completion, majoring in education or pursuing another teacher preparation pathway, hiring into a teaching position, and staying in teaching year after year.

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