Thursday, August 18, 2016

The nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, and it might not get much better - The Washington Post

The nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, and it might not get much better - The Washington Post:

The nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, and it might not get much better

In this file photo from 2006, third-grade teacher Marla Wyche opens the "interactive notebook" in her classroom as she prepares to drill students on holidays and people to know. Studies show that minority students can benefit from having minority teachers, but a new study says there are too few of them. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

Persistent achievement gaps among black and Hispanic students have confounded education experts for years. One strategy researchers have found to be successful at narrowing the gaps is a simple one: Employ more minority teachers, who often can forge a better connection with them.
But a new study from the Brookings Institution and the National Council on Teacher Quality identifies several challenges school districts must address in seeking to increase the ranks of minorities leading classrooms, including a leaky recruiting pipeline that could lead to a dearth of qualified candidates lasting decades.
Because few minority college graduates are choosing to become teachers, it is increasingly difficult to recruit minorities into classrooms where they could potentially boost the performance of minority children and increase the pipeline of teacher candidates, according to the study, released Thursday. The authors described it as a cyclical problem that could remain for decades if hiring practices and recruiting efforts do not change significantly. The study suggests there will be minimal improvement as far out as 2060.
The study — from Michael Hansen and Diana Quintero of Brookings and Kate Walsh and Hannah Putman of the NCTQ — notes that while minority children account for half of the nation’s student body in public schools, minority teachers make up just 18 percent of the workforce, creating a significant disparity.
“Given these bleak findings, the chances of success for districts’ laudable goals to build a teaching corps that mirrors their student populations crumble in the face of reality — even looking forward nearly fifty years,” the authors wrote. “While that harsh truth certainly doesn’t excuse districts to give up and resign themselves to a mostly white teaching force, it does suggest that districts must embrace and promote a range of other, more immediately viable The nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, and it might not get much better - The Washington Post:


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