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ERIC Number: ED582730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Diversifying the Field: Barriers to Recruiting and Retaining Teachers of Color and How to Overcome Them. Literature Review
Carver-Thomas, Desiree
Equity Assistance Center Region II, Intercultural Development Research Association
This paper examines the current state of teachers of color in the workforce, the factors that affect the recruitment, hiring, and retention of teachers of color, and opportunities for growing a stable workforce of teachers of color. The first section of this paper, The Current State of Teachers of Color in the United States, includes a description of the proportion and growth and teachers of color in the workforce based on several national data sources and an analysis of the most recent nationally representative data sets from the U.S. Department of Education Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) 2011-12 and the SASS Teacher Follow-up Survey 2013-14. This section also summarizes recent literature regarding the value to students of a racially diverse teacher workforce, followed by a discussion of the significant role teacher retention plays in shortages of teachers of color. The second section of this paper, Barriers to Recruiting & Retaining Teachers of Color, summarizes the most recent literature on factors affecting the recruitment, hiring and retention of teachers of color. Included within this discussion is enrollment in and completion of high quality teacher preparation, school closure and turnaround policies, and teacher working conditions. The final section of the paper, Promising Practices, examines the evidence for promising practices aimed at overcoming the common barriers to recruiting, hiring, and retaining teachers of color identified in section two. These practices include funding high-retention pathways into teaching, such as teacher residencies, Grow Your Own programs, and college mentoring and support programs; creating pro-active hiring and induction strategies; and improving school teaching conditions through improved school leadership.
Equity Assistance Center Region II. Available from: Intercultural Development Research Association. 5815 Callaghan Road Suite 101, San Antonio, Texas 78228. Tel: 210-444-1710; Fax: 210-444-1714; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Intercultural Development Research Association; Learning Policy Institute
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)