A diverse and inclusive education workforce can play a critical role in ensuring that students receive a robust, quality educational experience. But an alarmingly low rate of black male educators has researchers looking for ways to strengthen diversity and improve recruitment efforts.

While students of color make up more than half of PreK-12 classroom populations in the United States, overcoming the shortage of educators of color has been a decades-long dilemma for U.S. schools, according to research from the University of Phoenix.

The shortage is especially alarming among black male educators, who represent less...

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