About the Project

How can we build stronger pathways for more people of color to enter the education workforce and remain in the profession?

In California, students of color represent approximately 77% of our K-12 population; in contrast, teachers of color represent only 37% of the teaching force. Not having a representative sample of racially diverse adults with decision-making power is a disservice to the students and larger learning community. Diverse educators bring with them diverse ideas, perspectives, practices, beliefs, and values that can enrich and expand the culture of the school and its ability to adequately serve its diverse student population.

Diversifying the teaching profession has enormous benefits for students. When students of color have teachers of color, they perform better across a range of academic outcomes. Educators of color serve as role models and mentors, and bring cultural competency to the work.

We are leading a series of studies examining equity gaps and opportunities across the educator pipeline to help better recruit, prepare, develop and retain a talented and racially diverse workforce. In collaboration with educators, students, researchers, and higher education leaders and state agencies, the California Educator Diversity Project highlights promising models while shaping future policy priorities for the Golden State.

Publications

Prioritizing Educator Diversity with New State and Federal Funding

This brief highlights opportunities for recruiting, preparing, and retaining more educators of color in California, including increased support for teacher residencies, fee waivers, teacher grants, and early childhood education funding.

A Funding Guide to More Diverse Schools in California

This funding guide is a public resource for educators and districts committed to diversifying the educator workforce and meeting the needs of diverse students.