Teaching high schools get a boost as New York City works to diversify its educator corps

Programs aimed at cultivating high school students interested in making teaching a career are undergoing a significant expansion in New York City, in the city’s latest effort to diversify its teaching force.

The city is set to go from five teaching-themed high schools two years ago to 25 schools with courses or clubs meant to set students on a path to heading their own classrooms.

Research on Teachers of Color

Teachers of color are under-represented in public schools across America, yet research over decades has indicated their positive impact on students. A first-of-its-kind research handbook, set to be published in 2020, will address key issues and obstacles to ethnic and racial diversity in the teaching ranks such as recruitment and retention, professional development and the role of minority-serving institutions.

Hundreds convene in Philly demanding more black male educators in schools

This month in Philadelphia, a historic gathering of black male educators and allies, took place to call for a revolutionary change in public education. The lack of Black male educators in our school systems has reached significant lows, with a growing population of students of color, taught by an increasingly white female teacher workforce.

Dearth of Black Male Teachers Discussed at Colloquium

Colleges and universities should be much more aggressive in recruiting and preparing Black males to become school teachers. That was one of the many sentiments expressed on Thursday among scholars and practitioners who gathered at the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education in Dublin.

The number of Black males in the U.S. teacher workforce continues to hover at about 2 percent – a dismal number — that former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tried to tackle back in March 2012 when he launched a national initiative aimed at recruiting and training 80,000 new teachers.

Slam poetry league founder: 'Teachers can't afford to be quiet' about race | We the People

Slam poetry league founder: 'Teachers can't afford to be quiet' about race | We the People

Matthew Kay first learned to tell stories as a child growing up in Germantown, by creating them with his mom.

“We’d see an old woman walking a dog and she’d be like, ‘What’s her story?’ And I’d be like, ‘Well, that’s the dog’s grandmother,’ ” Kay said.

Today, Kay, a 34-year-old English teacher at the Science Leadership Academy, a magnet high school in Center City, helps Philly teens learn to tell their own stories through Philly Slam League, a slam poetry league he founded eight years ago that draws an average of 300 students a week from 22 schools across the city.

Teacher Recruitment Starting in High School

Teacher Recruitment Starting in High School

“Don’t come back here like I did,” a middle school teacher once told me. “Go out and do something special.”

That educator was sending the signal to an impressionable kid that teaching is a stale gig, not a higher calling. It’s a shame because America needs more teachers, and young people will be needed to fill an increasing number of open positions, particularly in districts serving minority and low-income students

Commentary: Look to leadership to retain California’s teachers of color

Our nation has a problem with recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers, particularly teachers of color. According to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, while students of color make up 40 percent of the school-age population, just 17 percent of the nation’s teaching force is made up of teachers of color. What’s more, California has the nation’s largest percentage-point difference between teachers of color and students of color: While 75 percent of students in California are nonwhite, only about 35 percent of teachers are nonwhite, leaving a gap of 40 percentage points.

Through Our Eyes: Perspectives and Reflections From Black Teachers

Through Our Eyes: Perspectives and Reflections From Black Teachers

At Ed Trust, we want to continue the conversation about recruiting and retaining excellent teachers of color. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the student population will be 56 percent students of color by the year 2024. And yet, the majority of teachers still remains vastly White — 82 percent. And that number has hardly budged in decades.

A Conversation With Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling About the Experiences — and Importance — of Black Teachers

A Conversation With Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling About the Experiences — and Importance — of Black Teachers

This Black History Month, Ed Trust honors the rich legacy of Black excellence in the classroom: Black teachers.

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark Brown v. Board decision in 1954, there were 82,000 Black teachers. But in the following decade, the number of Black teachers in the United States dropped drastically. More than 38,000 Black teachers and administrators in 17 southern states lost their jobs due to the closing of all-Black schools and the unwillingness of newly segregated schools to hire Black educators. These were dedicated professionals who were committed to educating Black children. They poured into their Black students knowledge and principles. They saw in their students promise and unlimited potential and taught them to the highest levels they could. Today, we still have not recovered from this expulsion of Black educators from the classroom — a mere 7 percent of our nation’s teachers are Black.

As a part of Ed Trust’s ongoing work around teachers of color, the assets they bring to the classroom and the challenges they face, we sat down with longtime educator and former Washington State Teacher of The Year and Milken Award-winner Nate Bowling to hear his ideas about the challenges surrounding recruiting talented Black teachers, the experiences that drive too many talented Black teachers out of the field, and what it will take to ensure that America’s teaching workforce reflects its student body.

Black and ethnic minority teachers face 'invisible glass ceiling' in schools, report warns

Black and ethnic minority teachers face 'invisible glass ceiling' in schools, report warns

Teachers from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds (BME) face an “invisible glass ceiling” that limits them from being taken seriously for senior staff jobs, new figures suggest.

A questionnaire sent out to more than 1,000 BME teachers revealed concerns they were being given projects rooted in stereotypes rather than encouraged to take part in wider teaching roles.

Some also claimed bosses relied on stereotypes as an excuse to hand BME teachers classes with the “most challenging behaviour”.