Forty percent of public schools across our country do not have a single teacher of color on staff. Despite ample research that outcomes are improved for all students, especially for students of color, when they have a diverse set of well-prepared teachers in front of the classroom, four out of five teachers identify as white and 77% are female, while more than half of public school students are students of color.
Our students deserve better. It’s on us to ensure that every single student across our country is able to see themselves reflected in the teacher workforce, and that the barriers preventing teachers of color from entering and staying in the profession are dismantled.
Individuals and organizations across the nation are standing together with a simple call to action: Diversify our teaching workforce by improving teacher preparation, recruitment and retention.
Will you stand with us? Add your name to our shared statement of principles and join a growing list of change agents calling for action!