Fostering Educator Diversity is our Priority
Unless school and policy leaders are able to effectively recruit, prepare and retain teachers of color and Indigenous teachers (TOCIT), the nation’s rapidly diversifying student population will not fulfill its academic potential, putting students’ and the nation’s future at risk, researchers say. However, there is no simple solution to diversify the teaching profession. What’s needed is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that addresses the many dimensions of a teacher’s career. The nation will struggle to keep BIPOC teachers unless policymakers and practitioners provide them with better early career support and improve their working conditions. Otherwise, given the troubling turnover trends among BIPOC teachers, any gains in new-teacher ethno-racial diversity will disappear within a few years.