4 Ways to Make Your School Better for Black and Brown Teachers
By Sharif El-Mekki
We need Black teachers. We need brown teachers. We need Indigenous teachers. We need more teachers of color across the board.
More than half of public school enrollees are students of color, but teachers of color comprise roughly 2 in 10 of our teaching force.
Diversifying our teaching force to match the demographics of our students is an imperative shared by many school leaders. Doing so has benefits for students that any school leader would love: higher graduation rates, reduced dropouts, fewer disciplinary incidents, and increased student achievement to name a few.
In this biweekly column, principals and other authorities on school leadership—including researchers, education professors, district administrators, and assistant principals—offer timely and timeless advice for their peers.