The authors of the soon-to-be released book "Teacher Diversity and Student Success" —Seth Gershenson, Micahel Hansen, and Constance Lindsay—will share in a forum solutions for diversifying the teaching force, increasing student exposures to same-race teachers, and improving teacher training for a culturally diverse student body.
State education leaders will also be provided an opportunity to dialogue with the authors and one another during the following breakout sessions:
SESSION A: DIVERSIFY THE TEACHER WORKFORCE: GETTING MORE TEACHERS OF COLOR INTO THE PROFESSION
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about evidence-based approaches for increasing the number of teachers of color who enter the profession. SEA leaders will discuss policies and initiatives underway in their states, and the participating author will share what their research points to as effective for achieving desired results.
SESSION B: INCREASE ACCESS TO TEACHERS AND ROLE MODELS OF COLOR: ACHIEVING SAME RACE BENEFIT WITH EXISTING TALENT
Participants will explore hypothetical ideas and concrete policy levers for creating greater exposure to same-race role models. Actions for providing more universal access to teachers/role models of color already in schools and communities will be highlighted.
SESSION C: DEVELOP CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN THE TEACHER WORKFORCE: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING LINKED TO IMPROVED SUCCESS WITH DIVERSE STUDENTS
Participants will explore teacher race in the context of a culturally competent teacher workforce and student achievement. SEA leaders and the participating author will share policies and strategies for improving teachers’ success in teaching students of color.