AACTE Authors Published in Journal

AACTE recently published an article in the Success in High Need Schools Journal to amplify promising practices for recruiting and retaining teacher candidates. In this article, titled “The Use of Networked Improvement Communities in Educator Preparation Programs to Improve Teacher Shortage and Diversity”, Jacqueline Rodriguez , AACTE vice president, research, policy, & advocacy, and I highlight the contributing factors to the teacher shortage and diversity crises in our nation.

These factors include but are not limited to the declining enrollment and degrees awarded in education, financial barriers to pursuing a teaching credential, and the lack of culturally-relevant strategies to attract and retain diverse candidates. Research show that these factors are more prevalent for minorities, thus contributing to the dismal representation of minority teachers in the profession compared to their White counterparts (80%).

In response to these challenges, the article elevates the outcomes of AACTE’s Network Improvement Communities (NICs), which have used the principles of improvement science to study and test strategies to increase recruitment and retention of Black and Hispanic/Latino male, and special education teacher candidates at 22 AACTE member institutions.

Read the full article to learn more about the recommended strategies of the NIC and how they seek to advance educational equity.   

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Weade James

Vice President, Organizational Advancement