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Teacher diversity in Colorado
Teacher diversity in Colorado
This partnership will work closely with Colorado Department of Education and partners including school districts, Colorado Department of Higher Education, and institutions of higher education, to support recruitment and retention of teachers of color. Initial partnership activities involve REL staff working closely with partners to (1) conduct a study of teacher preparation pathways to provide Colorado stakeholders with information to guide decision-making; (2) provide training, coaching, and technical assistance activities to support collection of data from teachers of color about factors that influence their career decisions, and (3) host webinars that highlight promising district-level strategies for improving teacher workforce diversity. The partnership will support state partners to use the information to take action to improve teacher workforce diversity, share information with and provide support to districts and teacher preparation programs as they make policy and practice decisions, and ultimately support improved student outcomes. Findings will also inform state and district initiatives encouraging teacher retention within the teaching pipeline, increase awareness of available pathway opportunities, and highlight promising professional pathways for potential teachers of color.
This project will build the capacity of Colorado Department of Education and Colorado Department of Higher Education staff, and, later, school and district staff, to identify and better understand factors that influence teachers of colors’ decisions to enter, stay, leave, or move from a teaching position. Partners will use the information gathered through the project to inform development of, or revisions to, the guidance and support they provide to districts to implement teacher recruitment and retention strategies that address identified challenges and factors affecting teachers of colors’ decisions to enter, stay, leave, or move from a teaching position.
This applied research study will help DPS better understand why some students struggle during the transition to high school math. Specifically, this study will clarify the characteristics of students who are more (or less) successful in grade 9 math and the experiences that inform their level of success. By analyzing existing student- and school-level data, we will address two questions: which characteristics of students and measures of their prior experience best predict success in grade 9 math on average in DPS, and how the predictors of success in grade 9 math differ for different subgroups of students in DPS.
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Event Type: Webinar | Event Date: March 09, 2023
Join REL Central, REL Central Governing Board member Dr. Curtis Garcia, and a teacher panel to learn about teacher shortages nationally and in Colorado and hear teacher perspectives about how pathways, positions, policy, and practices influenced their...
Event Type: Webinar | Event Date: February 15, 2023
Join REL Central and its partners at the Colorado Department of Education on February 15 from 1:30-3:00 EST to learn more about teacher diversity in Colorado, teacher diversity trends nationwide, the student-teacher diversity gap at national, state, and...
Product Type: Video | Publication Date: February 2023
This REL Central webinar examined teacher diversity in Colorado, teacher diversity trends nationwide, how students benefit from having a diverse teacher workforce, and the student-teacher diversity gap at national, state, and regional levels. The webinar...