I encourage you to listen to this IDRA EAC-South webinar (click here to watch the recorded webinar) moderated by David Hinojosa for additional guidance and strategies for states and school district to engage in to create a more diverse teaching workforce. Other presenters are Desiree Carver-Thomas from the Learning Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. and Mary Kelly from Randolph Schools, Alabama.
Grow Your Own educator programs are a potential strategy for states and district to employ to help recruit and retain teachers of color. GYO programs help address teacher shortages, retention issues and teacher diversity by engaging in a variety of strategies that aim to recruit teachers from local communities in hopes that the pool of candidates will increase in diversity and will be more likely to stay teaching in the community.
Equitable approaches and critical perspectives can combine the powerful roles of “homegrown” teachers, culturally-relevant curriculum, and social justice pedagogy in addressing achievement and opportunity gaps, especially for the nation’s woefully under-served, largely urban schools serving students of color.
Summary: Summary of IDRA EAC-South Literature Review – Grow Your Own Educator Programs – A Review of the Literature with an Emphasis on Equity-based Approaches
Literature Review: Grow Your Own Educator Programs – A Review of the Literature with an Emphasis on Equity-based Approaches, By Angela Valenzuela, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, for the IDRA EAC-South