National Models for Recruiting/Retaining a Diverse Educator Workforce
According to Teach for America (TFA), "90% of the students … corps members teach are African American and Latino. Several of our regions also have significant American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Asian American student populations. We deeply value everyone who commits to this work and as part of our commitment to diversity, we've created special initiatives and campaigns to place a particular emphasis on recruiting committed leaders who share the backgrounds of our students." ED Week highlighted the recruitment efforts and success of TFA in diversifying its teaching corps members.
Note: Teach for America has current corps members serving in several Massachusetts communities including: the Greater Boston area; Fall River; Lawrence; and New Bedford.
The Today's Students, Tomorrows Teachers (TSTT) program is based on an 8-year, full circle, collaborative model. According to TSTT, their partnerships include public school districts, colleges, and businesses that share their concern for the educational and career aspirations of all children.
TSTT serves students by encouraging and preparing them while in high school and college. The program is designed to address the shortage of highly qualified teachers, particularly teachers of color. TSTT reports to have a successful track record of improving student academic achievement, high school and college graduation rates and teacher certifications. As stated in their program overview, "TSTT has produced over 100 graduates who are now teachers and has a 100% placement rate."
Note: Several schools/districts in Massachusetts participate in this program including: Andover High School; Arlington High School; Brookline High School; Lexington High School; and Boston Public Schools.
The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Minority Teacher Recruiting (MTR) Program is a product of the combined efforts of approximately 25 school districts in Greater Hartford, CT. It is an integral part of an overall effort to increase the numbers of African American, Hispanic/ Latino, Native American, and Asian American teachers and administrators in the region's public schools. Program services assist schools in recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse teaching and administrative staff that more closely represents the diversity of the student population.
In effect since 1985, "the program is a partnership among the University of Louisville's College of Education and Human Development, the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), and the schools of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC). [University of Louisville Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP)] helps hundreds of students realize their goal of becoming certified teachers in Kentucky's schools by providing career guidance, course advising, professional development seminars, and financial assistance."
According to MTRP's website, the program is designed to:
Increase the number of highly qualified minority teachers in elementary, middle and secondary schools in JCPS and the state
Identify and recruit middle and high school students interested in teaching
Recruit students at community colleges and support their transition to a four-year institution
Recruit professionals seeking a career change to the teaching field and support their enrollment in one of the graduate teacher preparation programs
Grow Your Own
The Grow Your Own Teachers (GYO) initiative is an innovative partnership of community organizations, higher education institutions, and school districts that supports parents, community members, and paraprofessionals in low-income communities to become highly qualified teachers.
According to GYO, the initiative is achieving the following outcomes:
A pipeline of highly effective teachers reflecting the communities served
Improved teacher retention in low-income schools
Improved cultural competence and community connections of teachers
Improved academic achievement of low-income students
Variations of the GYO model are currently active in numerous communities and states around the country. Additional guidance and resources are available from sources such as the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board and Grow Your Own Illinois.