We are creating the conditions for talented teachers of color to enter, stay, grow, and thrive in the teaching profession.
Research has consistently shown that teachers of color matter for all students, and especially for students of color. Yet, the proportion of teachers of color in the workforce continues to lag far behind the share of students of color in our schools. And teachers of color are leaving the profession at higher rates than White teachers. In September 2019, we released a seminal report titled, “If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover.” The report explores the challenge of retaining diverse teachers in our schools by understanding the barriers they face in the profession and highlights promising solutions adopted by schools working to retain faculty of color. Using the report’s findings and recommendations, Teach Plus and Teach Plus Teacher Leaders across the nation are amping up their call for a paradigm shift in how we value, support, recruit, and retain teachers of color—urging states, districts, and schools to follow their lead.