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Diversity in Teaching

 Diversity in Teaching


Approximately 20 years ago, the national dialogue on the need for a racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse corps of PK—12 educators was at a high pitch. Policymakers and educators devised programs and policies designed to increase the number of African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Island and Native American teachers as an essential component of the PK—12 teaching and learning reform agenda.

NEA commissioned a current review of teacher diversity and ways in which efforts could create parity in our public school system. This background paper provides a basis for discussing how we move forward in creating a teacher workforce that is both reflective of and responsive to our nation’s racial, ethnic, and linguistically diverse student learning needs.

We hope this scrutiny is useful in creating a movement that is committed to teacher diversity. We also hope that our efforts in this regard will help us ensure a great public school for every student.

Read the full report here


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