NCRED RPP Lab

Empowering Diversity in Education

Our mission is to enhance the diversity of educators, ensuring that our nation’s increasingly diverse student body achieves its full academic potential. The challenge is clear: without effective strategies to recruit, prepare, and retain Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers (TOCIT), the academic achievements and future prospects of our students and nation are at risk. Achieving diversity in the teaching profession requires a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy that spans the entirety of a teacher’s career. Current trends indicate a concerning turnover rate among BIPOC teachers; without significant improvements in early career support and working conditions, efforts to enhance diversity will be short-lived.

The Power of Research-Practice Partnerships

Our strategy involves creating strong, intentional, and strategic partnerships between educators and scholars to address local challenges and promote ethno-racial diversity among teachers. The National Center for Racial Equity and Diversity in Education (NCRED) is at the forefront of fostering these collaborations, connecting local education agencies with an array of researchers to drive meaningful change. Our goal is dual: to increase ethnoracial diversity in local education areas and to deepen understanding of effective collaboration between scholars and practitioners on this critical issue.

Empowering Diversity in Education

Our mission is to enhance the diversity of educators, ensuring that our nation’s increasingly diverse student body achieves its full academic potential. The challenge is clear: without effective strategies to recruit, prepare, and retain Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers (TOCIT), the academic achievements and future prospects of our students and nation are at risk. Achieving diversity in the teaching profession requires a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy that spans the entirety of a teacher’s career. Current trends indicate a concerning turnover rate among BIPOC teachers; without significant improvements in early career support and working conditions, efforts to enhance diversity will be short-lived.

The Power of Research-Practice Partnerships

Our strategy involves creating strong, intentional, and strategic partnerships between educators and scholars to address local challenges and promote ethno-racial diversity among teachers. The National Center for Racial Equity and Diversity in Education (NCRED) is at the forefront of fostering these collaborations, connecting local education agencies with an array of researchers to drive meaningful change. Our goal is dual: to increase ethnoracial diversity in local education areas and to deepen understanding of effective collaboration between scholars and practitioners on this critical issue.

Our Vision and Action

NCRED aims to build a network of equity-focused Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs), offering a transformative community and learning environment that deviates from traditional models. These partnerships prioritize the rich knowledge and cultural wealth of all participants, working collaboratively to boost the presence and success of TOCIT in educational systems.
 

Highlights of Our Journey

  • Initiation: By 2023, we welcomed three additional RPPs from across the U.S. to our Educator Diversity RPP Lab, each committed to bolstering the retention and presence of TOCIT in schools needing them most.
  • Progress: In 2024, our focus is on strengthening community ties and embarking on a collective learning journey, including the development of an Educator Diversity Measurement Tool and the launch of a wellness collective to support our members.

Our Member RPPs

  • Greater Houston Research-Practice Partnership: Tackling barriers that prevent diverse educators from joining the workforce, with initiatives like the Community Teacher Equity Development (CTED) Program supporting the journey of aspiring teachers.
  • Pathways2Teaching Research-Practice Partnership, Denver, Colorado: With over 13 years of experience, this partnership encourages high school students of color to consider teaching careers, supported by the University of Colorado Denver and local schools.
  • The Nebraska Educator Diversification Project, Lincoln, Nebraska: Focused on breaking down systemic barriers to create inclusive and transformative educational experiences for BIPoC individuals.
  • The Bridges Research-Practice Partnership, Salem, Virginia: A collaborative effort aimed at diversifying the teaching workforce through a partner-pipeline program for students of color, supported by local education departments and schools.

Explore Our Research and Initiatives
To read more about our model, please click here.

Our Member RPPs

  • Greater Houston Research-Practice Partnership: Tackling barriers that prevent diverse educators from joining the workforce, with initiatives like the Community Teacher Equity Development (CTED) Program supporting the journey of aspiring teachers.
  • Pathways2Teaching Research-Practice Partnership, Denver, Colorado: With over 13 years of experience, this partnership encourages high school students of color to consider teaching careers, supported by the University of Colorado Denver and local schools.
  • The Nebraska Educator Diversification Project, Lincoln, Nebraska: Focused on breaking down systemic barriers to create inclusive and transformative educational experiences for BIPoC individuals.
  • The Bridges Research-Practice Partnership, Salem, Virginia: A collaborative effort aimed at diversifying the teaching workforce through a partner-pipeline program for students of color, supported by local education departments and schools.

Explore Our Research and Initiatives
To read more about our model, please click here.