Teachers of color are role models, parental figures, and advocates who build relationships with their students of color, helping them feel connected to their schools and to succeed beyond the classroom. And it’s not just students of color who are well served by teachers of color: Research has shown that students of all races prefer teachers of color. That's why City Schools is working to recruit and retain Black teachers.
Close to 80 percent of City Schools' students are African American; just over 40 percent of City Schools' teachers identify as African American. And while this percentage is higher than it has been for seven years, issues that stifle development and empowerment of Black teachers are deeply rooted. Honest and critical examinations of systems and beliefs are needed to develop the trust, support, and collegial working environments that will support successful recruiting and retaining of Black teachers.
In the 2018-19 school year, our Human Capital Office is collaborating with teachers and community advocates in a new working group to explore ways to recruit and retain Black teachers, beginning by focusing on the four areas below. The working group's meetings are open to the public. All meetings take place on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Increasing teacher retention
Meeting dates are past (July 31, August 21, September 18, 2018)
Encouraging and enabling City Schools students to become teachers
Meeting dates are past (October 16, December 18, 2018)
Facilitating teacher certification
Meeting dates are past (January 15, February 19, March 19, 2019)
Developing City Schools paraeducators to become teachers