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Teacher Diversity

The Need for a Diverse Teaching Staff

"It is also important to expose children to a diverse teaching staff within each of our schools. Every child has a basic right to a great public school with a qualified and caring staff, including educators who look like them, who share similar cultural experiences, and who can serve as role models demonstrating that education and achievement are things to be respected..."

Having More Minority Teachers Narrows Achievement Gap
An analysis of teacher diversity prepared by the National Collaborative on Diversity in the Teaching Force found that increasing the percentage of teachers of color in classrooms is connected directly to closing the achievement gap. Read the report, Assessment of Diversity in America's Teaching Force (October 2004), (PDF, 512KB, 16 pages).

NEA Proposes Minority Outreach, Higher Pay for Educators
President Reg Weaver recently outlined NEA's strategy to improve America's public schools, during an interview on National Public Radio's "News and Notes" with Ed Gordon. (AUDIO, 11 minutes, 18 seconds).

Tom Joyner

NEA, Tom Joyner Team Up to Boost Number of Minority Teachers
The nationally syndicated radio personality and philanthropist and the National Education Association are working in partnership to provide financial assistance and career support to increase the number of certified teachers working in priority or low performing schools with high concentrations of African-American students.

Minority Mentoring in Higher Education

Encouraging Minority Teachers
NEA has partnered with the Tom Joyner Foundation to distribute more than $700,000 to Historically Black Colleges and Universities to encourage minority teachers to complete their teacher certification and ultimately teach academically struggling children in urban, suburban, and rural public schools.

Minority Mentoring Programs in Higher Education
Here's a state-by-state look.

Minorities in Higher Education
Despite gains in minority enrollments at U.S. colleges and universities over the past two decades, African-Americans and Hispanics still lag behind their White counterparts.


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