Victoria “Vickie” Oakley knew at a young age that she wanted to become a teacher to help children learn how to read.  Growing up in Alexandria, VA, right outside of Washington D.C., she suffered from dyslexia, a learning di...

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The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce

        A report from the U.S. Department of Education, titled, "The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce," is a lengthy document, but has important information to be shared.

1. "Alternative routes to teacher certification tend to enroll more racially diverse populations of candidates than traditional teacher preparation programs."

2. “We’ve got to understand that all students benefit from teacher diversity. We have strong evidence that students of color benefit from having teachers and leaders who look like them as role models and also benefit from the classroom dynamics that diversity creates.”

3. "Benefits of having teachers of color: One report suggests that, compared with their peers, teachers of color are more likely to (1) have higher expectations of students of color (as measured by higher numbers of referrals to gifted programs); (2) confront issues of racism; (3) serve as advocates and cultural brokers; and (4) develop more trusting relationships with students, particularly those with whom they share a cultural background."

        These three statements have a commonality. They can be linked to EdForce. PCG Education provides EdForce as an alternative, nontraditional route to place teachers in classrooms. Minority teachers and parents want social diversity in the classroom, as they may come from a similar background and can empathize with students. Minority teachers are needed and EdForce can help bring racially diverse instructors to school districts.