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Building a Strong & Diverse Educator Workforce

This collection offers resources to help state and local agencies identify and address gaps in the educator career pathway and support the development of a diverse and culturally competent workforce.

Learning Recovery and a Diverse Workforce
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2021
Data show that students of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. This brief draws from the research on learning recovery and research that shows that students of color benefit when served by educators of the same race. States and districts can look to strategies that increase access to diverse talent for summer programming and ongoing learning recovery efforts. The American Rescue Plan provides the opportunity to use innovative approaches to staffing without incurring expenses that are not sustainable beyond the life of the funds.
Strengthening the Teacher Workforce through Selection Processes
Resource Type: Practice guide
2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions in the teacher workforce, including reductions-in-force due to budget cuts, hesitation from teachers to return in-person to the classroom, and relaxed standards for entering the profession. This brief, aimed at district and school staff involved in the teacher selection process, provides literature-based recommendations to improve the teacher selection process as a cost-effective means of strengthening the teacher workforce.
Schools' First and Forever Responders: Preparing and Supporting Teachers
Resource Type: Practice guide
2020
Schools’ First and Forever Responders: Preparing and Supporting Teachers in the Time of COVID-19 elevates a rationale and considerations for evidence-based strategies and innovative approaches to support teachers and teacher candidates during and following the COVID-19 crisis. Because teachers are the most vital in-school education resource, supporting the teacher workforce through the disruptions created by COVID-19 is essential to ensure continuity of learning for students. As schools and districts rush to meet immediate workforce needs, longer term planning is critical in light of looming budget declines. For each of the considerations highlighted in the brief, we cite re search or examples from other states and districts that can be helpful to learn more and guide decision-making.
Teacher Diversity and Student Success: Why Racial Representation Matters in Classrooms
Resource Type: Tools/Toolkit
2021
Gaps in achievement for students of color are persistent. Research shows the long-run positive impacts of students having same-race teachers. Working to increase exposure to same-race teachers and bringing more teachers of color into the workforce can help address the persistent gaps in student performance.
Building Teacher Capacity in K–12 Computer Science by Promoting Formative Assessment Literacy
Resource Type: Practice guide
2021
This whitepaper presents a call to action for states and school districts to support Computer Science (CS) teacher capacity-building through standards-aligned, sustained, scalable, and reusable teacher professional development (PD). This strategy promotes teachers’ CS formative assessment literacy as a way to improve their ability to effectively teach CS.
Tools to Hone Your Teacher Retention Strategies: Program Profiles and Data Inventory
Resource Type: Tools/Toolkit
2021
Over the years, districts and states have worked to tackle teacher shortages creatively using a variety of incentives, mentorship initiatives, trainings, and leadership programs. But how can education leaders discern which of these efforts are actually improving teacher retention? The imminent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the teacher workforce make answering this question even more urgent. Although none of us knows precisely what a postpandemic future may hold, a recent Region 9 Comprehensive Center (R9CC) project with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) offers some lessons and tools for states and other districts to consider as they grapple with this issue.
Principal Leadership at a Challenging Time: An Evaluation of the Missouri Leadership Development System
Resource Type: Publication
2021
The 2019–2020 school year marked the first year that all four levels of the Missouri Leadership Development System (MLDS) became available to participants. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is interested in learning from educators across the state about the implementation of the program, both preceding and during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help DESE in this area, the Region 12 Comprehensive Center (R12CC), funded under a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education, conducted this evaluation on the implementation of MLDS. The purpose of the evaluation is to support DESE in understanding the current perceived impact and making evidence-based refinements to the program.
Addressing Educator Workforce Shortages: A State Comparison Brief
Resource Type: Publication
2021
The Region 12 Comprehensive Center conducted a scan to explore the innovative programs, policies, and practices that state education agencies and other education entities are using to mitigate educator staffing challenges. The report highlights common and promising practices used to address educator shortages, examines how key states are tackling shortages specifically in the context of COVID-19, and provides a state-by-state crosswalk of efforts to recognize, address, and mitigate educator shortages by region. Used collectively with workforce data and local context considerations, the strategies and resources can help Colorado and other state education stakeholders develop comprehensive approaches to addressing educator shortages.
Lessons Learned around Reducing Inequitable Access to High Quality Teachers
Resource Type: Practice guide
2020
In 2016, the North Carolina State Board of Education (NCSBE) developed the Teacher Compensation Models and Advanced Teaching Roles (ATR) pilot program. Initially, a three-year pilot, the program was revised in 2018 to become an eight-year pilot through the 2024-2025 school year. This document provides insights into some of the early lessons learned in implementing the program.
Opportunity Culture: Lessons Learned - An Executive Brief for District Leaders in North Carolina
Resource Type: Practice guide
2020
This brief highlights lessons learned from eight North Carolina school districts that are designing and implementing Opportunity Culture school staffing models. Of North Carolina’s initial 10 Advanced Teaching Roles pilot districts, six elected to use the Opportunity Culture model.
District Metrics for Quality Remote/Hybrid Learning: Student Engagement and Teacher Working Conditions and Well-Being
Resource Type: Blog post
2021
A community of practice led by the Region 1 and Region 9 Comprehensive Centers tackled the challenge of measuring the effectiveness of remote and hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project uncovered three key learnings and developed two tools that can inform implementation of remote and hybrid instruction now and into the future.
Shared Services in Rural School Communities: Examples from the Field
Resource Type: Practice guide
2020
This document provides examples of shared services models operating in various states, and identifies promising practices for optimizing the delivery of high-quality resources, services, and opportunities for underserved and low-income students in Wyoming, especially in rural and remote school communities. The examples in this report are intended to help inform the recommendations for a shared services pilot model or other ideas to increase the efficiency of and access to shared services.