Where Are All the Teachers of Color?

source: HarvardEducation     2016年11月2日
Moderator: Irvin Scott, Ed.M.’07, Ed.D.’11, senior lecturer on education, HGSE; former deputy director for K-12 Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

- Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, 2016 National Teacher of the Year finalist; 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year; teacher, Lincoln High School, Tacoma, Washington
- Emily Kalejs Qazilbash, Ed.M.’97, Ed.D.’09, Assistant Superintendent of Human Capital, Boston Public Schools
- Estefania Rodriguez, Ed.M.’,16, K-8 Social Studies, District Instructional Coach, Cambridge Public Schools, Massachusetts
- Eric Shed, lecturer on education and director, Harvard Teacher Fellows Program, HGSE

Despite the majority of public school students becoming increasingly nonwhite (50 percent), the majority of public school teachers -- 80 percent -- are white. With decades of initiatives to recruit minority teachers into the profession have struggled to keep them in schools. According to Ed Magazine, an estimated 47,600 minorities became teachers in 2003–04 but by the end of the school year, more than 56,000 minority teachers overall had left the profession. Join us as we discuss the significant role of minority teachers in the school system, student lives, and education policy, as well as the challenges in recruiting and retaining these teachers.