Increasing-Teacher-Diversity

Strategies for Public School Districts

Summary

Even as diversity increases among the student population, many school districts struggle to hire diverse teachers. This research brief analyzes strategies used by five public school districts to increase the diversity of their teaching forces. First, this brief explores how profiled districts create and implement diversity plans, and modify their recruiting and hiring processes to increase teacher diversity. Then, this report profiles district-wide “grow your own” programs that support current students and community members on their path to a teaching career.

Key observations from our research

1.Profiled districts communicate goals for teacher diversity and promote accountability for goal achievement through diversity, equity, or strategic plans. Most profiled districts implement both short-term and long-term strategies to increase teacher and staff diversity.

2.Incorporate a diversity statement and cultural competency requirement into job descriptions and interview questions.

3.To create a pipeline for current students to become teachers within the district, develop grow your own programs.

4.Profiled districts utilize the same programs to increase diversity and to cultivate applicant interest in hard-to-fill positions within the district.

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