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Increasing Teacher Diversity in New Jersey

This partnership will work with NJDOE, building on prior REL work, to use research and data to increase the number of teachers of color hired in the state and eventually improve student outcomes. In particular, the REL will support NJDOE in working toward its goal to ensure that every preschool to twelfth grade student in the state is taught by at least one teacher of color between preschool and twelfth grade. The partnership will work with NJDOE to help districts in the state understand reports the REL helped them produce during the last REL cycle, showing teacher and student characteristics in each district in the state. The REL will also help the NJDOE identify evidence-based strategies to increase the number of teachers of color they hire, develop continuous improvement processes, and build evidence on effective approaches to increase hiring of teachers of color.

Partnership organization:
New Jersey Department of Education

Current Projects

REL Mid-Atlantic and the New Jersey Department of Education are conducting an applied research study to increase understanding of the types of changes 10 New Jersey school districts made to their hiring processes following a continuous improvement coaching series provided during the 2022/23 school year. The study will explore challenges districts encountered in incorporating hiring practices informed by the coaching, as well as how they addressed such challenges, and the extent to which districts engaged in continuous improvement efforts for practices aimed at increasing the hiring of teachers of color.

REL Mid-Atlantic and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) are working to build the knowledge and capacity of school districts to increase educator diversity through hiring and talent selection. The goals of the project are to build the capacity of state leaders to train at least five districts in the 2024/25 school year on culturally responsive hiring practices, bolstering the efforts of NJDOE to build an educator workforce that more closely reflects the ethno-racial diversity of the state’s student population.

Completed Projects

REL Mid-Atlantic partnered with the New Jersey Department of Education to develop and facilitate a six-session coaching series for 10 local school districts, building their capacity to make data-informed decisions and implement research-based practices that promote increased hiring of teachers of color throughout the state. The sessions helped district staff create a vision statement, analyze their teacher workforce data, conduct root cause analyses, identify and implement evidence-based strategies for addressing the root causes, and develop a theory of action and implement continuous improvement processes to promote change in hiring practices.

Blog post: Why Increasing Educator Diversity Matters in New Jersey

Partnership | Approved Date: May 14, 2024
Acknowledging persistent disparities in student outcomes and a history of structural racism in the district, in 2021 the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) announced its goal to become a more equitable school district by examining and disrupting inequitable processes and practices.
Partnership | Approved Date: May 14, 2024
This partnership worked closely with Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to create sustained, systematic organizational change by helping DDOE implement a revised teacher evaluation system statewide that effectively helps teachers improve their instructional practice.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: April 24, 2024
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm EDT Description: In this session, participants will learn the importance of modeling community agreements activities to build trust and guide understanding when facilitating discussions in the coaching modules. Participants will also...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: March 06, 2024
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm EST Description: In this session, participants will share data-driven theory of action statements and provide “praise” and “polish” to colleagues and learn and practice strategies for leading participants through developing and refining...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 07, 2024
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm EST Description: In this session, participants will turn back to the case study, "The Brookside Story" to learn the components of a data-driven theory of action. Participants will also engage in a structured mock calibration...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: January 17, 2024
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm EST Description: In this session, participants will use the case study, "The Bookside Story", to examine how implicit and explicit bias can affect the development and implementation of a selection and hiring process. Participants...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: December 06, 2023
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm EST Description: In this session, participants will continue to cultivate an awareness of their own and others’ social identities and how these identities can affect the way individuals may engage in diversity work (e.g., potential...
Product Type: Blog | Publication Date: November 08, 2023
Imagine walking into a classroom where the teacher looks like you and can relate to your experiences and cultural background – this is the powerful reality of having teachers of color teach students of color. Yet many school districts struggle to recruit...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: November 01, 2023
Time: 12:30-2:00 pm EDT Description: The first session of this training series will introduce the New Jersey Department of Education's goals for teacher recruitment and build a shared understanding of the value of a racially, culturally, and linguistically...
Event Type: In-person Event | Event Date: August 11, 2023
Time: 10:15-11:15 am EDT Location: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) STATS-DC Data Conference, Bethesda, MD Description: In this session, REL Mid-Atlantic staff and a partner from the Office of Recruitment, Preparation and Recognition at...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: June 07, 2023
Time: 3:45-5:30 pm EDT Location: Virtual Description: School district participants will share draft action plans and chart next steps to continue momentum and support implementation of this work.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: May 10, 2023
Time: 3:45-5:30 pm EDT Location: Virtual Description: The team will help school districts select a few high-leverage strategies towards achieving their goals of increasing educator diversity.
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: March 22, 2023
Time: 3:45-5:30 pm EDT Location: Virtual Description: The team will prepare school districts to engage in root cause analysis and develop a strong theory of action to guide their work and ensure their goals of increasing educator diversity are achieved...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: February 22, 2023
Time: 3:45-5:30 pm EST Location: Virtual Description: The team will help districts use a Self-Assessment Tool to define the challenges specific to their district and identify focus areas for the Increasing Educator Diversity Action Plan. Districts will...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: January 18, 2023
Time: 3:45-5:30 pm EST Location: Virtual Description: The team will help districts to identify key terms and concepts to achieve their goals, practice using them, and integrate them into their work moving forward; and help districts to better understand...
Event Type: Training Material | Event Date: November 16, 2022
The team will set the context and establish a routine for the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) focus on the hiring and selection coaching series. This includes establishing norms around the language used in this work.
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This partnership will work with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to support and improve the coordination and tracking of services for students with disabilities, to increase connection to career readiness and post-school career services and to post-secondary education opportunities. This partnership will also collaborate with the Center for Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Rehabilitation Services, and Charles County Public Schools.

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COVID both exacerbated pre-existing inequities in student performance and social-emotion well-being as well as brought COVID emergency relief funding. DCPS is leveraging these funds to improve the aforementioned inequities in part through its Multi-Tiered System of Supports, MTSS@DCPS. The REL is conducting both applied research and technical support projects to partner with DCPS in leveraging evidence-based approaches as it embeds MTSS district-wide.
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The REL will develop and test a writing toolkit in partnership with teachers, school leaders, and professional development coaches from four charter schools in Washington, DC, to address the need for improved literacy and writing instructions across DC.
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REL-Mid Atlantic is hosting a community of practice for state education agencies that are seeking to refine and improve school accountability measures in 2022 and beyond.
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This partnership will work with NJDOE, building on prior REL work, to use research and data to increase the number of teachers of color hired in the state and eventually improve student outcomes.
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This partnership will strengthen supportive learning environments and the social-emotional wellness of students and staff by building capacity in education agencies to use data and evidence to assess needs and to identify and implement promising strategies and programs.

REL Mid-Atlantic Logic Model (51 KB)

REL Mid-Atlantic Logic Model