Research

This report is informed by a wide variety of research, reports, articles, and resources. For a complete list of links, please select a category below.  

  • Identifying Evidence-Based Practices for Recruiting, Training, and Retaining a Diverse Educator Workforce: A website with resources and strategies published by the Regional Educational Laboratory Program (REL Northwest).
  • Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color: This publication from the Learning Policy Institute offers an analysis of the barriers to recruiting and retaining teachers of color and suggests ways to build retention, develop supportive pathways into teaching, and create proactive hiring strategies, among others.
  • Paving the Way for Latinx Teachers: Recruitment and Preparation to Promote Educator Diversity: From New America, “This report—one of the first focused solely on pathways into teaching for Latinx individuals—explores how Latinx teachers typically enter the profession and the barriers they face along the way. This report profiles three Latinx-focused pathways into teaching that are attempting to reduce those barriers, reflects on key findings, and offers recommendations for policymakers and practitioners.”
  • Potential Testing Barriers for Teacher Candidates of Color: From REL Northwest, this study “summarizes and synthesizes some of the research literature on certification exams, examining whether their benefits outweigh the costs of losing diverse candidates (Goldhaber & Hansen, 2010).” Specifically, this study addresses three main questions:
    • How well do certification assessments predict the effectiveness of teachers?
    • Why do a lower percentage of candidates of color pass teacher certification assessments than White candidates?
    • How can colleges of education support candidates of color to pass teacher certification assessments at a higher rate?

  • The Long-Run Impacts of Same-Race Teachers. IZA Institute of Labor Economics. A study that concludes that “Black students randomly assigned to a Black teacher in grades K-3 are more likely to graduate from high school and more likely to enroll in college than their peers in the same school who are not assigned a Black teacher.”
  • Mirrors for Latinx Students: Attracting and Retaining Latinx Teachers in Massachusetts: A report developed in partnership between Latinos for Education, Amplify Latinx, and the Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. The report notes that while Latinos represent 21% of K-12 students in Massachusetts, they represent only 3% of all teachers and administrators. The report outlines four key recommendations to attract and retain Latinx educators.
  • Our Stories, Our Struggles, Our Strengths: Perspectives and Reflections From Latino Teachers: By Education Trust, this collection of important insights and ideas is part of a series of focus groups conducted with Latinx teachers. It provides an array of recommendations for valuing and supporting Latinx teachers and several recommendations for recruiting and retaining them.
  • Center for Black Educator Development: National Advocacy and support organization works simultaneously to cultivate pathways to teaching, provide professional learning, develop pedagogy that is culturally-informed, and promotes “local, state, and federal interventions that support educational equity, teacher diversity, and pedagogy built on the foundation of traditional Black teaching principles and practices.”
  • Educator Diversity Report: A comprehensive report released in December 2019 with data, an outline of current challenges, recommendations, and other resources prepared by the New York State Education Department and submitted to the governor and legislature of New York.
  • A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S. This Learning Policy Institute report analyzes evidence of teacher shortages, as well as national and regional trends in teacher supply and demand. It includes an examination of the current context and provides a variety of policy recommendations regarding approaches to recruitment and retention.

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