Why Don’t My Teachers Look Like Me?

logoThe Education Policy Networking Series event on Jan. 19, 2016, considered varying perspectives on diversifying the teacher workforce.

Despite a rapidly growing diverse student population in Colorado, nearly 90 percent of the state’s teachers are White, female, and predominantly monolingual English speakers. What are the reasons behind this? Does it matter for students and for student outcomes? And, how can this situation be changed?

A panel of Colorado students, teachers, district administrators, researchers and legislators provided their perspectives on teacher diversity in Colorado.

Panelists included:

  • Tobe Devontay, Student, Denver Public Schools
  • Angel, Student, Denver Public Schools
  • Malicina Conley, Techer, Denver Public Schools
  • Representative Rhonda Fields, District 42, Arapahoe County, Colorado State House of Representatives
  • Martha Gustafson, Principal, Collegiate Prep Academy, Denver Public Schools
  • Roberto Montoya, Doctoral Student, University of Colorado Denver
  • Antonio Pares, Director of Education, Office of Children’s Affairs, City and County of Denver
  • Anthony Smith, Instructional Superintendent, Denver Public Schools
  • Dr. Terrenda White, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Aaron Williams, First Year Teacher, Denver Public Schools

The panel was moderated by Dr. Shelley Zion, Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Practice, Education and Research, School of Education and Human Development.

A recording of the event can be viewed on the School of Public Affairs YouTube playlist.

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