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ERIC Number: ED594475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Teacher and Administrator Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Tennessee
Collins, Emily
Tennessee Department of Education
Thirty-seven percent of Tennessee's students are students of color, but teachers of color represent only 13 percent of the teacher population. This gap between students and teachers of color in Tennessee mirrors a national trend. Across the United States, students of color make up 51 percent of the student body whereas teachers of color make up only 18 percent of the population. For students of color, exposure to a teacher of color can change the way they experience education. Teachers of color can serve as strong role models and raise expectations for learning through relationships with students and their families. Diverse teachers expose students to different perspectives and experiences, pushing them to be more flexible in their thinking and open to considering the views of others. Spurred by the growing body of research focused on educator diversity, groups such as the State Collaboration on Reforming Education (SCORE) and the Trailblazer Coalition have issued calls for the state, districts, and EPPs to share ideas and act to address the lack of diversity in the teacher workforce. This brief memo adds to these efforts by providing some statistics on the current racial and ethnic makeup of Tennessee's student body and educator workforce and outline where the department and districts across the state go from here. [This report was co-produced by KidCentral TN.]
Tennessee Department of Education. Andrew Johnson Tower 6th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243-0375. Tel: 615-741-2731; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A