ERIC Number: ED374119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Minority Teacher Recruitment, Preparation, and Retention.
Worner, Roger B.
This paper reports on a study conducted to examine the status of efforts by the State of Minnesota, its institutions of higher learning, and its public school districts to recruit, prepare, and retain staff members of color (minority) for professional teaching service in public school districts. Methodology employed for the study included a review of national literature on approaches used in recruiting staff members of color for professional teaching positions. Then, through consultation with in-state expert resource personnel, some models, processes, and strategies for teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention were identified. On-site visits were made to observe promising programs and models and/or to interview key program directors or sponsors of those programs. A sketch of each program, an assessment of transportability, and ratings as "fast-track,""moderate-track," and "slow-track" were then ascribed to project the program, process, or strategy turn-around time to prepare staff members of color for professional teaching positions. A myriad of support systems were identified as essential to enhance the success of the program. It was recommended that state policy making and implementation bodies, public school districts, colleges and universities, media support coalitions, and businesses develop, implement, and support a major initiative to recruit and prepare an average of 250 teaching staff members of color annually for each of the next 20 years. Five appendixes include: the urban collaborative educator development program grant proposal; a description of the "Common Ground Consortium"; a profile of the "Multicultural Teacher Development Project"; a flyer for the Minneapolis (Minnesota) magnet schools; and a flyer for the St. Paul (Minnesota) public schools minority education program. (LL)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Minority Group Teachers, Models, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Public Schools, Research Methodology, School Districts, Schools of Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Equal Educational Opportunities Section.