ERIC Number: ED334186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
New Strategies for Producing Minority Teachers [Policy]& Programs [and] Technical Report.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
In 1988, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) undertook an 18-month effort to discover strategies that would increase the number of minority teachers in the nation's classrooms. Representatives from 22 education policy and research organizations formed the Alliance of Leaders for Minority Teachers to share views and information. In addition, ECS conducted case studies in five states (Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and North Carolina) to understand how people in various positions look at the shortage of minority teachers and what factors contribute to the supply and demand of minority teachers. The research results and the alliance's recommendations for action appear in three separately published but closely related documents that are combined here: (1) "New Strategies for Producing Minority Teachers: Plans & Programs"; (2) "New Strategies for Producing Minority Teachers"; (3) "New Strategies for Producing Minority Teachers--Technical Report." The 12-page "Plans & Programs" document looks at current strategies underway in the states to increase the supply of minority teachers. It is not meant to be definitive, but to illustrate the gamut of efforts taking place to respond to the shortage of minority teachers. The programs described indicate there are many valuable efforts going on nationwide. However, the bulk of them address the short-term needs for minority teachers, and few are part of any comprehensive state plan to look at the problem for the long term. New strategies involving all levels of the education system are needed to provide long-term solutions. The 52-page second volume has three main sections. Section 1, a description of the study, examines the policy tools applied at various levels (pre-K through 12, postsecondary) of the education system to alleviate the shortage of minority teachers in the short- mid- and long-term. Section 2 identifies several themes that describe how the minority issue is dealt with in a state or institution; the values that guide the programs; the people; the power; the elementary and secondary environment; the institutional environment; and policies and programs. Section 3 offers policy recommendations to state college, university, school, and school district leaders. The 88-page Technical Report volume contains each state's contributed information with respect to: (1) minority students' plans to go on to postsecondary education; and (2) the numbers of students who enter teacher training programs, persist through to graduation, seek employment in the teaching profession, are hired upon certification, and stay with teaching as a career. The Technical Report includes: an overview of strategies a state could use to alleviate its shortage of minority teachers; 70 statistical tables; and a state-by-state analysis of demographics, performance, and participation by minority students, and career preferences. Interviews were conducted with a range of persons in the same role groups in each state's higher education institutions, department of education, local districts, and local schools. (LL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Minority Group Teachers, Program Descriptions, State Government, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Teacher Employment, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching (Occupation)
ECS Distribution Center, 707 17th Street, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202-3427 (No. TE-90-2: $5.00; No. TE-90-3: $15.00; No. TE-90-1: $10.00; plus handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.