Educator Prep Program and District Working Group

The Educator Prep Program and District Working Group is a group of teacher preparation programs and school systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth region that are committed to collaborating in order to improve the effectiveness of the educators our region’s students have access to.

Key Objective

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Fuel continuous improvement and collaboration among organizations, specifically Educator Preparation Programs and districts that aim to attract, prepare, develop and retain excellent and diverse teachers.

Rationale

Latinx Students
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Latinx Teachers
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The number of Latinx students is 2.5x more than the number of Latinx teachers in Dallas-Fort Worth.

(TAPR data provided by the state for Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant counties)

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A low-SES student assigned to an other-race teacher has a 52% increased chance of being reported as inattentive.

(Thomas Dee, 2005)

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A study found that having one black teacher in grades 3-5 reduced black male students’ chances of dropping out of high school by 39%.

(Gershen & Hart, 2017)

Current Focus

Participants of the working group landed on using 2018-2019 to understand and work together to remove barriers that disparately impact teachers of color from entering the profession and having a strong start. This area of collaboration resonated for several key reasons:

  • The growing body of research that points to the positive impact of teachers that reflect their students backgrounds.
  • Even though we see across the region that the Black teacher population more closely reflects the proportion of Black students, the Latinx students are vastly underrepresented in their teachers.
  • In the state, the percentage of candidates of color is higher in quick-start alternative certification programs (which often do not require any practice teaching) than our traditional teacher preparation program pathways; therefore reducing barriers to having a strong start that could benefit those candidates and increase the accessibility to preparation program options that include more practice teaching.

Initiative Leader: Carissa Grisham

Manager, Best in Class

Please contact Carissa to learn more: Carissa.Grisham@commitpartnership.org

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