Reflections on Diversifying America's Teacher Pipeline
Shareefah Mason |
• April 2022
Teacher diversification is an extremely important subject in America today. Schools are mostly filled with Black and Brown students, while the teacher workforce has been predominantly white, female for decades. Studies show that ALL students, especially students of color, have more favorable learning experiences, when they engage with effective teachers of color. Diversifying the teacher pipeline has not been an easy task, as most view the concept as taboo. In order to change the outcomes for our most disadvantaged students, it is imperative that we provide and sustain a more diverse teacher workforce. Student achievement and societal contributions heavily rely on our ability to present America’s students a cultural mosaic of teachers that mirror them. The solutions are accessible, we must commit to doing the work!