Latina & Latino teachers are under-represented within the teacher workforce and should concern us given that the school-age population is 25% nationwide. Download the full report at EducationTrust: www.edtrust.org/LatinoTeachers
Perspectives and Reflections From Latino TeachersAmerica is experiencing a diverse, cultural shift and the teacher workforce is lagging behind: While Latino students make up 25 percent of the U.S. student population, and that percentage is growing rapidly, just 8 percent of the nation’s teachers identify as Latino. And although greater numbers of Latino teachers are entering the classroom, they, like other teachers of color, are leaving the profession at higher rates than their White peers.
- A diverse group with diverse experiences, and identify by their country of origin, their immigration status, their language, and their race;
- Often belittled or perceived as aggressive when they incorporated Latino culture or Spanish language in the classroom, especially when advocating for Latino students and parents;
- Expected to take on additional roles, most often as a translator (even if they did not speak Spanish), but were overlooked for advancement opportunities; and
- Role models for Latino students especially, but still felt inferior and had to validate their ability to teach.
“While research shows that students from all races benefit from being taught by an educator of color, our study shows that the discrimination and implicit bias that Latino teachers face leave them feeling discouraged and perceived as unqualified to be professional educators, which hurts the teachers and in turn students. By listening to and learning from Latino teachers, school leaders can start to create and implement supports and working environments aimed at increasing the number of Latino teachers and retaining them.”