Why conversation about teacher diversity is important – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

The question of whether having teachers of the same ethnicity affects academic performances and outcomes of racial or ethnic minority students remains an ongoing topic of discussion in education circles, especially in California K-12 schools.

That teacher diversity is a concern has long been established, and, in an age when it lags behind student demographics, teacher diversity — and its importance — is once again the subject of a national conversation today, when it will be aired at an educator panel in Washington, D.C.

A question for John King, the acting U.S. Secretary of Education, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, and others, when they meet at Howard University, is how teacher diversity can be increased and sustained through recruitment, retention and support for teachers of color.

Source: Richard Bammer: Why conversation about teacher diversity is important

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