Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Panel Will Discuss the Need for More Teacher Diversity

As the nation’s student body grows more diverse, the lack of minority teachers increasingly is becoming a more critical problem in school districts across the United States.  Non-white students make up more than 40 percent of public school students, yet only 17 percent of the country’s teachers are minorities. Studies have shown that students of color often perform better when they have a teacher of color.

Education reporters looking for ideas on how to tackle this story might want to check out a Center for American Progress discussion on the topic.

“Diverse Schools need Diverse Teachers: Strategies to Increase Diversity in the Teacher Workforce” will feature a panel of experts including representatives from the Center for Race and Poverty Research Action Council, The New Teacher Project and Teach Tomorrow in Oakland, California. The panel will take place November 9 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. It will be streamed live on the Center for American Progress website.