While students of color make up more than 50% of the K-12 public school student population, teachers of color comprise less than 20% of the teacher workforce. Access is also an issue: 40% of the nation’s public schools do not have a single teacher of color on staff, and in many states, Black and Latino students attend schools without a single teacher who matches their race or ethnicity.

Students of color and students from low-income backgrounds are also four times more likely to attend schools with larger percentages of uncertified and inexperienced teachers. Given the importance of strong and diverse teacher workforces, students of color and students from low-income backgrounds are being severely underserved, resulting in increased discipline referral rates, lower graduation rates, and less access to advanced coursework and college- and career-ready educational opportunities.

Ed Trust works with a diverse range of partners to develop resources to inform state policymakers and education advocates about the causes and offer potential solutions to achieve a strong and diverse workforce. We have also engaged some of the nation’s best teachers of color to share their voices on ways states, districts, and schools can better train and support them.


Educator Equity Resources

Educator Diversity Resources

Educator Engagement Resources

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    Hidden Heroes: Building a Diverse Educator Workforce

    In July 2019, Ed Trust gathered more than 70 educators of color from across the country in Baltimore to participate in our three-day convening, Hidden Heroes: …

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  • Listening to Educators of Color

    The Education Trust and E4E recently convened a small group of educators of color from across the country to hear about their experiences during the sudden shi…

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  • Appreciating Teachers of Color

    Ever since Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) moved to online classes due to COVID-19, Keara Williams, a South L.A. high school teacher, has been call…

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  • Why I Teach Where I Teach

    Our "Why I Teach Where I Teach" series asks educators in high-need schools to share what has attracted (and kept) them in the challenging environments they’re …

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