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Helping to Bring in a Diverse Group of New Teachers

Know someone interested in becoming an educator? Some of your colleagues have been hard at work to create a website to help make that process easier for would-be teachers.

The Educator Pathways section of the SDCOE website is part of a bigger effort by Human Resource Services’ Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation team to help school districts hire qualified, passionate educators and support employees who reflect the diversity of their communities at a time when there is a shortage of educators in many areas. The need and effort is outlined in this white paper.

“The teaching population isn't reflective of the student population, and yet we know that this has a powerful impact on student learning and the likelihood of going to college,” said Dr. Sheiveh Jones, executive director of Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation. “Research speaks to the positive impact educators of color have on students of color, such as increasing college-bound rates, lowering suspension and expulsion rates, and lowering rates of incarceration among school-aged children, particularly boys.”

The website continues to expand and add resources. The team plans to add videos where individuals from a range of diverse backgrounds share their journey entering the field of education. The purpose of this video series is to encourage people of color and those who have untraditional backgrounds to consider education-related careers.

The SDCOE Equity Blueprint for Action laid the foundation for the project. Every division of SDCOE has focused on this work in some way and has had an influence in the content, resources, and more.

“We want everyone at SDCOE to know that this site exists,” said Adina Sullivan-Marlow, coordinator with Teacher Effectiveness and Preparation. “We hear from co-workers with a niece, neighbor, or student who is interested in a career in education, but people don’t know where to begin. This site was designed to help them regardless of their starting point.”

Information on the site includes different jobs to consider, options to prepare for those careers, ways to find financial support, and opportunities to connect with organizations that are hiring.

“The pathway to education careers is not always clear and has changed over time. We want to remove any barriers that prevent people from entering the field,” Sullivan-Marlow said.

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