Revolutionizing Education

AACTE’s DEI Video Highlights Promising Practices to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color

Ed Prep Matters features the “Revolutionizing Education” column to spotlight the many ways AACTE, member institutions, and partners are pioneering leading-edge research, models, strategies and programs that focus on the three core values outlined in the current AACTE strategic plan: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Quality and impact; and Inquiry and Innovation.

Promising Practices to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color

AACTE is focusing on ways that education leaders and colleges of education can employ to address the national shortage of educators of color more effectively. “AACTE’s new mission is to revolutionize education for all learners,” said AACTE Board Chair Kim Metcalf, dean of the college of education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. “We are shifting our efforts to provide members support and encouragement to be innovative in ways that address not just today’s needs in their local communities, but the needs that those communities will have in years to come.”

In this second segment of the AACTE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion video series, AACTE members highlight promising practices to recruit and retain educators of color. “If you are subscribing to the notion that we should have a teacher workforce that is commiserate with the population of students, then that would suggest that there is work to be done,” says Terrance McNeil, assistant professor at Tennessee State University. “During the teachers’ first three years, that’s a critical part of actually whether or not they will stay in the teaching force. Whether or not they will be retained,” says Lora Bailey, dean and professor of early childhood education at New Mexico Highlands University.

“Different ways that universities can sup port faculty of color [includes] providing mentoring programs, [and] making sure they also have a diverse hiring committee,” says Reyes Quezada, professor in the department of learning and teaching at the University of San Diego. “Being able to connect with communities who are committed to the same social justice values and critical conscience that brings a lot of teachers of color to the profession in the first place,” is important says by Conra Gist, associate professor at the University of Houston. “One of the most important things that teachers mention is that it depends on the principal and the supports that they get, and the extent to which they’re in a collaborative environment,” says Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute.

Watch the full video.

Stay tuned for more clips in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Educator Preparation video series available on AACTE’s Video Wall. Help AACTE spread the word by sharing the videos with your social network!


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Jerrica Thurman

Director of Marketing & Communications, AACTE