ERIC Number: ED475316
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Spinning Our Wheels: Minority Teacher Supply in SREB States.
Bolich, Anjanette M.
This report explains that in state after state, the percentage of minority teachers is not increasing as fast as the percentage of minority students, and the gap is not narrowing. Many states took action in the 1990s by offering more scholarships and incentives for minority students to attend college and, in several cases, by making major efforts to recruit and retain minority teachers. Despite these efforts, most Southern Regional Education Board states are losing ground. The report examines whether increases in the numbers of minorities enrolling in and completing college are resulting in more minority teachers, providing data on: minority enrollment in higher education and degrees earned and minority students in teacher education programs. Next, it looks at what states are doing to change the situation, including: tapping into the pipeline early with school-to-college partnerships that encourage high school students to consider careers in teaching and offering scholarships and loans to encourage minorities to become teachers. Finally, it discusses how alternative paths to teaching may be more productive, examining various state models and the federal Troops to Teachers program. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Alternative Teacher Certification, Career Awareness, College School Cooperation, Diversity (Faculty), Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Graduation, Higher Education, Minority Group Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Teacher Supply and Demand
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318 ($22). Tel: 404-875-9211; Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.