The quality of a student’s teacher is the single most influential in-school factor in academic achievement and future life outcomes. With the increase in Hispanic population, it is important to have a teaching workforce that reflects the student population in order to meet the demands of our increasingly diverse nation. Nearly 1 out of 4 public school students are Hispanic, while Hispanic teachers represent only 7.8% of the teaching workforce and Hispanic male teachers represent 2% of the teaching workforce.
Improving Diverse and Teacher Pipelines at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Hispanic Serving Institutions are positioned to play a critical role in increasing recruitment and retention efforts and supporting the cultural competency of teachers to improve teaching and learning throughout our pre-k through 12 system.
To this end, the Office of the Under Secretary in partnership with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Division have been engaging in a series of conversations focused on increasing recruitment and retention efforts and supporting the cultural competency of teachers with Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
We held three conference call/webinars over the summer of 2016 exploring efforts to improve diverse and inclusive teacher pipelines and looked at successful models of practice and ways in which institutions can support their efforts to increase teacher diversity.
June 29, 2016: Ensuring Student Success through Teacher Quality Conference Call
July 27, 2016: Webinar on Improving Diverse and Inclusive Teacher Pipelines
August 31, 2016: Webinar on Practices and Partnerships for Improved Hispanic Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Based of the summer series, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics convened a group of HSI Deans of Education to further discuss how to increase Hispanic participation in teacher education programs in Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Participants were able to share how their institutions were working in creating diverse teacher pipelines and speak on how to improve the teacher preparation pipeline for Hispanics. From this convening, the group developed two white papers that were released January 2017 to let HSIs know of current research and best practices that can be implemented to increase the diverse teacher pipelines: “Improving Diverse and Inclusive Teacher Pipelines” and “Developing Quality Teacher Preparation Programs”.
Hispanic Teacher Recruitment Factsheet [PDF, 672KB]
Teacher Tools and Resources: Focused on recruiting top talent and developing support networks that will retain teachers and increase the status of the profession, the Administration has created several initiatives and partnerships to support the teaching profession. Through these recruitment and retainment efforts, the number, diversity, and status of teachers will increase, and ensure that all students have access to highly qualified teachers.