The importance of having a diverse teaching force should be a priority in schools across the country. Glenda Partee addresses the importance of a diverse teaching force. She addresses that it is equally important to have access to high-quality education opportunities as well as a diverse teaching force.
The benefits of having a diverse teaching force can mean today’s students are prepared to succeed in the future workforce, some in various educator roles.
Communities of color, their advocates, and policymakers, should:
- Develop a priority focus on attaining a more diverse and representative teacher workforce, with the specific goal of having local and state workforces reflect the racial, ethnic, and linguistic compositions of classrooms.
- Require teachers to be well grounded in the subjects they teach and effective at ensuring our children learn and achieve.
- Press for actions to support and retain effective teachers.