ERIC Number: ED390875
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Supply and Demand of Teachers of Color. ERIC Digest.
Lewis, Mark S.
This digest focuses on the data that show significant disparities between the number of teachers of color and the number of students of color and examines how well schools, colleges, and departments of education are doing in supplying teachers of color for U.S. classrooms. The document is organized into three sections. The first section discusses whether there is an increasing demand for teachers of color, and indicates the need becomes evident when one looks at how student enrollment patterns in public elementary and secondary schools have altered the makeup of the classroom. Section two addresses reasons for the decreasing supply of teachers of color including the effects of competency testing and increased opportunities in other professional fields. Although more teachers of color are completing education degrees than in previous times, the numbers are not keeping pace with the demographic changes in K-12 enrollments. The final section asks what can be done and outlines four C's of recruitment: (1) concern for the various aspects of the issue and a readiness to tackle them; (2) commitment by key leadership to the recruitment program; (3) collaboration among all those concerned; and (4) creativity in developing a program. (Contains 16 references.) (LL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests; People of Color