New push for teacher diversity.The National Collaborative on Diversity in the Teaching Force has released a report on diversity in America's teaching force that includes the results of the organization's examination of the relationship between educational achievement and teacher diversity. What the collaborative found was that increasing the percentage of teachers of color not of the white race; - commonly meaning, esp. in the United States, of negro blood, pure or mixed.
See also: Color in classrooms is connected directly to closing the achievement gap of students.
The members of the National Collaborative on Diversity in the Teaching Force are the American Association American Association refers to one of the following professional baseball leagues:
A news release from the National Education Association (NEA NEA
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NEA (US) n abbr (= National Education Association) → Verband für das Erziehungswesen ) says that the necessity for teacher diversity is often overlooked rather than accepted as central to school reform, and the logistics of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB NCLB No Child Left Behind (US education initiative) ) Act continue to create significant barriers to recruiting teachers of color.
NEA cites these as some of the key trends found in our nation's schools:
* About 17 percent of public school students but only about six percent of teachers are African American African American Multiculture A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. See Race. . About 17 percent of students and five percent of teachers are Hispanic.
* In about 38 percent of public schools, there is not a single teacher of color on staff.
* Students of color tend to perform better when taught by teachers from their own ethnic groups.
Among the solutions proposed by the Collaborative are revising NCLB measures to clearly spell out diversity as a critical element of a highly-qualified workforce, identifying and eliminating the obstacles faced by minority teachers in passing entry tests, and developing programs that support teachers of color.
The report, Assessment of Diversity in America's Teaching Force, is available as a PDF (Portable Document Format) The de facto standard for document publishing from Adobe. On the Web, there are countless brochures, data sheets, white papers and technical manuals in the PDF format. on the National Education Association Web site at www.nea.org.