“Research shows that all students benefit from having a diverse group of teachers that come from a variety of backgrounds as they prepare to enter an increasingly global society.”

-2019 CCSSO

“Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society”

– Sonia Sotomayor



Ensuring that all students see themselves represented in the teaching profession is a critical and necessary step in achieving educational equity.  Educators of color have the ability to connect to all students, but research shows this connection is specifically advantageous to students of color whose culture and identity is eliminated from the educational experience in America.  Research and data support positive educational benefits for all students if they experience a diverse teaching force (CCSSO, 2019).  Students of color, specifically black students benefit exponentially when they experience at least one educator of color.  Studies have found that black students who had at least one black teacher in third, fourth, or fifth grade were less likely to drop out of high school and more likely to aspire to go to college.  For Black boys the dropout rate was cut by 50 % if they had just one black teacher. (Gershenson, Hart, Lindsay, Papageorge, 2017). Research shows that educators of color also benefit white students and prepare all students to “increasingly global society” through exposure and interaction to people of all backgrounds.  Students that have early exposure to people from diverse backgrounds are less likely to have stereotypes, unconscious biases (CCSSO, 2019)



Benefits to students of color when teachers of color are represented in the workforce:

  • Increased student performance in reading and math
  • Increased likelihood to graduate from high school
  • Increased aspirations to attend college and increased graduation rates in college
  • Increased expectations for student achievement and behavior while upholding compassion and empathy for hardships
  • Increased access to higher level courses
  • Increased connection to students because of perceived cultural similarities
  • Increased support with combating systemic racism, bias, and stereotype
  • Increased support with development of cultural identity
  • Decreased suspension and expulsion rates for discretionary offenses
  • Decreased absenteeism

Recommendations to Increase Recruitment of Educators of Color.

The race and culture of teacher matters!

State Reccomendations

    Provide incentives and scholarships to attract diverse candidates  

    Remove tuition barriers for those entering the educator workforce to increase educator diversity

    Offer alternative pathways to certification to increase candidates’ dimension of diversity

    Provide professional learning to school districts to build culturally competent educators


      Education Preparation Programs

        Establish cohorts  and market programs specifically to attract diverse candidates 

        Provide wrap-around strategies to support candidates throughout preparation programs 

        Offer flexible programming and scheduling options to support program completion 


          Examine, change, and eliminate policies that create barriers to diverse candidates from entering the Delaware educator workforce

          Implement progressive legislation to increase educators of color, linguistically diverse educators, and male educators in the Delaware workforce


            Establish measurable hiring goals and progress monitor to ensure goals are achieved

            Develop and expand Grow Your Own Programs to build a pipeline that supports professional growth opportunities for students, staff, and community members (paraprofessionals, administrative support, janitors, community volunteers, coaches, etc.)  

            Prioritize funding to support recruitment initiatives for diverse candidates to increase educator diversity

            Increase early hiring and provide open contracts for diverse candidates to become educators 

            Hire diverse educators in cohort groups to decrease isolation in the workplace

            Conduct an equity audit to create a sense of belonging in the workforce


              Partner with local school districts and organizations to increase resources to support the recruitment and retention for diverse educators

              Focus on incentives and opportunities to aid with tuition, housing, transportation, and relocation assistance


                Provide financial incentives and resources to offset barriers to recruitment and retention for educators of color.

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