WE NEED YOU!
ALL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM A DIVERSE WORKFORCE.
“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.”
“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)
THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE
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!
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.