Diversifying the Teacher Workforce

Diversifying teacher workforce

Sleeter, C. E., Neal, L. I., & Kumashiro, K. K. Eds. (in press). Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers. New York: Routledge.

This new book grows from work we have been doing with the National Association for Multicultural Education, focusing on diversifying the teacher workforce and narrowing the demographic gap between who teaches and who populates U.S. classrooms. While the demographic gap is often invoked to provide a needed rationale for preparing all teachers, and especially White teachers, to work with students of color, it is far less often invoked in an effort to examine why the teaching force remains predominantly White in the first place. This edited collection brings together leading scholars to look closely at this problem, using the lens of Critical Race Theory. Chapters examine why the teaching force is predominantly White from historical as well as contemporary perspectives, showcase and report available data on a variety of ways this problem is being tackled at the pre-service and teacher credentialing levels, and examine how a diverse and high-quality teaching force can be retained and thrive. This book is an essential resource for any educator interested in exploring race within the context of today’s urban schools.

“This is an important call to action for a diverse and well-qualified teaching force that reflects the next generation of American students. As the authors make clear, segregation takes many forms, and we must extend our focus beyond just the students in the classroom.” Benjamin Todd Jealous, former President & CEO, NAACP

“A challenging and persuasive book that examines how racism has contributed to the lack of diversity in the teaching force, this is an essential read for all educators and policy makers interested in insightful analysis and innovative solutions across various contexts.” Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, Candler Professor Emeritus, Emory University

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