The Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar as part of its #OurChallengeOurHope equity campaign to honor the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. More than half of public school students are students of color and yet only 18 percent of public school teachers and 20 percent of public school principals are individuals of color. In a survey of 1,400 superintendents, nearly 90 percent self-reported as white.
This disparity is amplified when paired with the finding that white principals are more likely than nonwhite principals to report that their preparation programs did not equip them to meet the needs of diverse learners. The response among white teachers is similar—they are less likely than nonwhite teachers to say their preservice program prepared them to support black, Latino, and students from low-income families.
With an educator workforce that largely does not represent the students it serves, how can schools support the needs of diverse learners who walk their halls each day? What are strategies that teachers, schools, districts, and states can employ to ground policies and practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion?
In this webinar, panelists shared their experiences as leaders committed to equity and tips to foster conversations about race and inclusion that break down walls and strengthen school communities. They shared promising practices for:
culturally responsive educator training;
professional learning to address implicit biases;
recruiting and hiring faculty and staff of color; and
supporting equitable changes at the school, district, and state levels.
Panelists also responded to questions submitted by viewers from across the nation.
The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. all4ed.org